What did women do in Ancient Greek society?
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