What did women do in An­cient Greek so­ci­ety?

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Given the pa­tri­ar­chal na­ture of An­cient Greek so­ci­ety, we hear very lit­tle about the lives, thoughts and daily ac­tiv­i­ties of women. De­spite the fact that the peo­ple of Athens prided them­selves on be­ing demo­cratic and free, women couldn’t vote nor had any real say in the run­ning of so­ci­ety, be­ing un­der the con­trol of fa­thers, guardians or hus­bands. Child­birth and the keep­ing of house and home were con­sid­ered es­sen­tial civic du­ties, in­her­i­tance pass­ing down through the male side of the fam­ily. While the women of Athens had very lit­tle free­dom, those of Sparta were able to own land and par­tic­i­pate in ath­letic games and war­rior train­ing. Spar­tan so­ci­ety was, need­less to say, looked down on as ‘de­viant’ by the rest of the An­cient Greek world.

DO­MES­TIC GOD­DESSES Greek women had lit­tle power out­side the home

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