The role of women in Ancient Greece is different than what we think of today in America. Women in Ancient Greece were thought of as second class citizens. Some did not even get to be citizens. They were not allowed to participate in anything in public unless it was a religious ritual. In the Bacchae, the women were not normal because they were out of their homes and they were crazy. This reflects the way the Greeks saw women. In Lysistrata, the women decided to not have sex with their husbands until peace was made during the Peloponnesian wars.
Slaves were also treated differently from free citizens of Greece. The slaves could not participate in the democracy of Greece. They were literal property to the Greeks. The Spartans had slaves so that the Spartans could remember that they were free. These slaves were called the Helots. They were owned by the state and could not be sold or freed within Sparta. The Helots were forced to wear ridiculous outfits, endure annual beatings, forced to drink unwatered wine at dinner parties and perform for the Spartans. The role of the slave was not that of a citizen, but a reminder of why citizenship and freedom was important to non-slaves.
Foreigners in Ancient Greece held a very interesting role. The Spartans did not like foreigners and would stay home to just stay away from anyone outsid...
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...eriences of women and slaves because we have so few resources to objectively look at and compare.
The roles of women, slaves, and foreigners in Ancient Greece is a huge topic of discussion that continues to be talked about in academia. There is so much to discuss since they are the ones that often get forgotten about in all of the famous battles of the time. It is important to study these roles because we can compare them to other empires and civilizations. What are the differences in the roles of women, slaves, and foreigners when compared and contrasted between Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire? This question can be answered by looking at the resources that we are provided by critically examining the writings of free men. We must decide whether or not we should trust these sources and how to interpret them in order to get a better understanding of Greek equality.
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