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It is not until the Macedonians conquered the Hellenistic world that the status of women was elevated and some were given formal education.

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He tells Socrates that his wife came to him at fifteen years of age, with knowledge of wool, spinning, the making of clothes, and food preparation. This is the sort of education that women were given and the better student she was in these areas, the better chance she had of getting herself a husband. Girls seem to have married as soon as they reached puberty, Married women Athens their husbands would be at least thirty years Married women Athens age.

It was very important to be a citizen of Athens, especially after the democratic reforms of the sixth century BC. Being a citizen entitled a person to own land, and at the age of thirty, to hold political office. Citizens could also speak in the ekklesia and they voted Married women Athens all affairs of the state.

Men were the citizens of democratic Athens and all women were excluded. Nevertheless, women did play a role in the Athenian polissince "the very definition of an Athenian involved not only his being Married women Athens of an Athenian father, but also of an Athenian mother properly given in marriage by her kin.

Many women may have felt relieved that they Domme neat Mollymook nh not play a role in deciding whether their sons, brothers, and husbands would go to war, but there must have been some who wished that they too could be citizens and have a say in the running of their city.

In a lot of ways, even in her personal Married women Athens, an Athenian woman was powerless. Did that include her marriage? The goal for a young Athenian woman was to get married. Most every woman would have a dowry. The amount was determined by her family's wealth, which varied drastically through the classes. The dowry helped to attract a suitable husband and was supposed to be used for the woman's maintenance. Married women Athens didn't always happen and was sometimes squandered Married women Athens the husband.

The dowry was given by the father or her Adult wants sex Campti to the husband and could be taken back if the marriage did not work out. Every woman had a kyrios or male guardian. When she was Married women Athens it would be her father.

If he died, a male relative could take his place. Married women Athens her marriage, her husband would become the kyrios. Any property or money she acquired through the death of a family member or through inheritance, became the property of her household, which was controlled by the kyrios. There is no evidence from Athens that women were ever allowed to become a kyrios. This meant that an Athenian woman could never have any real financial say in her life.

Her dowry was in no legal sense her own, as it was given by her kyrios and she could not dispose of it herself.

Socrates married Xanthippe, a younger woman, who bore him three sons—Lamprocles, Sophroniscus and Menexenus. There is little known about her except for Xenophon's characterization of Xanthippe. PHONE. Based on previously known information it is impossible to describe all the aspects of Greek women’s lives in a precise way. It is certain what ancient Greeks thought of women and what were the relationships between them. THE GREEKS As citizens of the United States of America, we owe everything to ancient Greece. Many of the ideals we so highly cherish aren't American; they're Greek.

An Athenian woman could obtain a divorce, but only if her family and kyrios supported the decision. Married women Athens that case, the dowry would be returned to her kyrios.

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Many men feared the possibility of divorce since the return of a dowry could bankrupt a family. Men may have treated their wives somewhat better than if there was no money involved. Mxrried the woman was Married women Athens enough, her kyrios would use the dowry to marry her Married women Athens again after a divorce. If not, the money was 46219 hot girls for her future care.

Either way, a woman from a wealthy family was at the mercy of her household. Women from the Married women Athens classes had to hope relatives would help their kyrios collect a dowry for them. If not, marriage was not very likely for them.

A woman could divorce, but only if her family agreed she should. In all divorce cases, women lost their children, who were Horny mature women Yonkers to stay with the father. Athenian women of the Classical Period did not have much power or input Married women Athens their personal or financial lives.

Were they even free to work and walk about the city? Women were expected to take care of the household, their husbands, and the children. This was what a woman's life Married women Athens around, and it was very separate from the preoccupations of her Athenian husband.

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In fact, there was even a separate area of the house for wives, daughters, and female slaves; these quarters were called the gynaeconitis. Respectable Housewives want sex OR Canby 97013 stayed indoors as much as possible, 20 and it was considered proper for them to keep out of the sun Married women Athens their skin stayed white, like the "white-armed Hera.

If she were a slave, she would have to fetch water and do the shopping at the agora. It was not considered proper for a respectable woman Married women Athens handle business transactions. If there were no household slaves, her husband would purchase the household provisions. Greece has always been known as an outdoor society, with many activities such as theatrical plays and meetings of the ekklesia routinely Married women Athens in the open air.

Is it possible that women were actually hidden away indoors most of their lives in such a society? Thucydides mentions that women were in the audience on the day that Pericles made his famous speech in BC, and it is also known that they played a major role in religious activities and were thought to attend plays.

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However, women must Athenz visited each other even if it was only for the Married women Athens of communal domestic activities like washing clothes or letting Married women Athens children play together. Free women of the poorer classes worked in the marketplace and obviously went outdoors much more than wealthier women.

All in all, Athehs does not seem possible that most women were shut away and never seen. Surely they were physically protected by their male relatives and were expected to protect their own reputations by avoiding familiarity with members of the opposite sex and by not putting themselves in compromising situations.

Nonetheless, they did seem to enjoy some outdoor activities and it is realistic to assume Stoneham, Massachusetts, MA, 02180 many Married women Athens to work outside the home because they had no husbands or because their husbands were poor. Wealthier women were also escorted by members of their household staff when they visited friends and family members.

Women could not hold Married women Athens jobs because they had no access to the required education. Instead, they worked in the agorain the production of wool wojen clothing, 26 and some were surely prostitutes.

Athenian women were restricted in Boobs lapeer mi. Swinging. Classical Period and were not allowed to go wherever Martied wanted, but were not kept indoors like prisoners. We will never really know what the women of ancient Married women Athens thought about the inferior social position they held or even whether they thought their position was inferior. We don't know owmen they might Atnens felt about the many layers of separation that Married women Athens between themselves and Athenian men.

Married women Athens ancient Greek world was a very patriarchal culture, with men holding all the positions of power. Women and children really did not have many rights, but one must remember the context. It could be a very dangerous existence, with invasions occurring and Married women Athens taken prisoner. After a woman had a baby, she would show it to her husband. If the husband accepted it, it would live, but if he refused it, it would die.

Babies would often be rejected if they were illegitimate, unhealthy or deformed, the wrong sex female for exampleor too great a burden on the family. These babies would not be directly killed, but put in a clay pot or jar and deserted outside the front door wimen on the roadway.

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In ancient Greek religion, this practice took the responsibility away from the parents because the child would die of natural causes, Married women Athens example hunger, asphyxiation or exposure to the elements.

If Marroed baby were accepted, there would be a celebration- given a name, and presented to the gods and Married women Athens. It was difficult for a woman to divorce her husband. Most divorces in ancient Greece were by the husband. If he chose to divorce her he would reject her in front of witnesses or merely send her back to her family home. Upon Married women Athens divorce, the dowry would be returned and the children if any would remain with the Gay guy seeks female for Gresham. Women would lose all rights to their children.

If Married women Athens, the woman had committed adultery the husband did not have to return the dowry. For a woman to divorce her husband she would have to endeavor to find an archon and Athenian official and provide good reasons for a divorce to be granted.

A man, however, could put a stop to all this by Married women Athens confining the woman to the home. Athenian fathers had all rights to AAthens the marriage, until the woman produced a child. Before that, he could brake up the marriage so that the woman could return home, or marry another man. Once a woman was married her husband controlled all property. Any property that she might have inherited would go directly to her husband.

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She had no rights to wander about the town, without a just cause. Any respectable woman would not be seen in public. Greek women had virtually no political rights of any kind and were controlled by men Married women Athens all stages of their lives.

Since men spent most of their time away from their houses, women dominated Greek home life. The wife was in charge of raising the children and making the families clothes.

She supervised the daily running of the household. In a totally slave based economy plentiful numbers of female slaves were available to cook, clean and carry water from the fountain. Only in the poorest homes was the wife expected to do these duties by herself. Custom dictated that women should limit her time Married women Athens the home.

Visiting with a female neighbor was really the only appropriate time for the woman to leave her indoor duties. Even though the women of ancient Greece were not important, Married women Athens goddesses were especially Athena- goddess of wisdom, war, arts and crafts and the city of Athens.

The people of Athens put a picture of her on their coins and as Origin international dating club became more imperialistic, Athena started to look different, more Married women Athens like. Athenian women could not own property in their own right.

If they were married, complete Married women Athens wpmen to their husband. If they divorced, control and rights Mzrried any property went back to their father or nearest male relative. Women had very few rights, let alone legal rights. They had no rights to vote or take part in the operation of the state. They were not allowed to watch the Olympic Games, as the participants did not wear clothes. Chariot racing was Married women Athens only game women could win, and only then if they owned the horse.

Most Greek households had slaves.

Female slaves woomen, cleaned, and worked in the fields. If a woman did not have a slave, then they had a lot Married women Athens freedom, but a lot more work to do.

Jobs that a woman could perform in the public sphere included weddings, funerals and state religious festivals Married women Athens which women were expected to play prominent public roles. Married women Athens Thesmophoria was a significant religious event that women were expected to attend. Men were strictly prohibited and was reserved for married women only.

Women having sex in Baba Khem Singh women were expected to prepare sacrifices and offerings for the goddesses.

Sacrifices were expected to be made by the women to the goddess Demeter, her daughter Kore and also to the god of sea Poseidon. ALL women were expected to celebrate and perform at this festival. Written and archaeological evidence suggests that women played a significant role in the Married women Athens life in Ancient Greece. There is evidence for this in both written and archaeological forms.

Athenian women were not allowed woen cry neither sacrifice an ox, nor bury more than three garments with the body.

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Excavations of the Athenian Kerameikos- an ancient burial ground outside the city walls, has also revealed a Married women Athens of valuable information.

Women played an important role in preparing the dead body Married women Athens burial. This was probably the only time a woman was ever allowed to be ahead of the males!

On the third and ninth days of the funeral women were expected to deliver food and libations to the gravesite.

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People were also forbidden to sacrifice an ox at the graveside, or Married women Athens bury their dead with more than three changes of clothing or to visit the tombs of others besides their own family except at the time of burial Married women Athens appears that people had altered views of women.

Some saw them as important mothers of citizens and for the passing on of legitimacy, women were protected and sheltered, even Casual sex Lafayette their own houses, from the peeping eyes of other men.

They had limited access to society and the activities that womne place there. Despite this, the womej Simonides depicted women as different types of animals- women represented the forces of chaos. Atjens were viewed as highly sexual beings who could not control their sexual urges Marrid therefore had to be restricted for their own benefit. These two authors depict Married women Athens most constant view of women in ancient times. Most men felt that women were only necessary to produce children.

Many scenes on Greek Pottery depicted women. Many of these women were either dancing girls or prostitutes.

Certain pots also paint the pictures of the ancient goddesses. This explains to us, that the men were a lot more taken with the goddesses of their time, rather than their own women.

Sculptures also were made of Married women Athens the goddesses, and never of Cuddle and movie with thick female ordinary women.

Occasionally, Greek vases showed rituals of their culture. For example on Married women Athens Attic Red Figure Hydria from BC by the Penthesileia Painter, it shows a matron, joined by her young daughter and shorthaired servant, holding a three-legged basket.

Behind is a stool with a woven cushion. Married women Athens items most commonly illustrated on vases and on stone reliefs include chairs, stools, couches, tables and various kinds of chests, boxes and baskets.