Women, children and slaves nb: the following focuses on life in athens for info on this theme as it applies to sparta, see 'spartan life' women. Sparta was a warrior society in ancient greece that reached the height of its power after defeating rival city-state athens in the peloponnesian war (431-404 than other greek women because. Daily life, the people's prespective the center of daily life in athens was the home houses were very simple, in comparison to their public places, with few windows, doors, and pieces of furniture. Spartan women were famous in ancient greece for having more freedom than elsewhere in the greek world to contemporaries outside of sparta, spartan women had a reputation for promiscuity and controlling their husbands. Sparta: daily life in most of the hundreds of greek city-states, like athens, corinth, megara, and argos, was similar the exception was sparta the exception was sparta in sparta, women were warriors.
A greek woman wore a long tunic called a chiton this was made from a piece of cotton or linen this was made from a piece of cotton or linen over this, she wore a cloak draped from her shoulders. The population of athens was made up of four distinct groups: male citizens, foreigners, slaves and women for the purpose of this paper my intent is to show the different roles of men, women and slaves and what their significance was in the life of athens during the classical age of greece 479-336 bce athens was and still is known as the original culture to create the ideal of democracy. Other women of literature, like clytemnestra and medea, demonstrated the vices of women and what the greek female should not be in addition to the role models, good and bad, the athenians even devised a certain training or regiment for the perfect wife of hellas.
A day in athens today is your lucky day today, you are going to have a chance to experience a day in the life of an ancient athenian real quick- go change into a toga. Ancient education education in schools in ancient athens was at first limited to aristocratic boys by the 4th century bc all 18-year-old males spent two years in a gymnasion, a state school devoted to the overall physical and intellectual development of a young man. Although the greek people worshipped powerful goddesses as well as gods, the role of women in society was mostly confined to the home greek women and marriage in most modern countries today, romantic love is the reason that people marry, but at the time period of 400 bce, marriages were arranged. Ancientpagescom - what was life like for children in ancient athens survival was very difficult for infants born in ancient athens the mortality rate was very high so babies were not given a name until they were between 7 - 10 days old.
Women in the ancient greek world had few rights in comparison to male citizens unable to vote, own land, or inherit, a woman's place was in the home and her purpose in life was the rearing of children. In athens, the law required all inheritances to go through the male line and limited property that could be owned by women it was the wives who supervised the slaves and managed the household responsibilities, such as weaving and cooking. Since history was written by wealthy men in ancient greece, very little about the role of women survives to modern times in athens, a woman was not to be seen or heard. Role of the respectable woman a respectable woman's main role in ancient athens was to stay home, keep pretty, and bear children her life centered on the house and the children most citizen wives had slaves to do the cooking, cleaning, and grocery shopping once she gave birth, her father could not take her back.
The women of athens compared to the women of sparta, the status of an athenian woman in greek society was minimal by comparison to present day standards, athenian women were only a small step above slaves by the 5th century bc. Roger just makes a very interesting point in women in athenian law and life: life was worse for women in democratic athens than in other periods of the city's history because. Life was tough,women did not see there husbands from when they were 18 till they were 30 unless the men were able to get away from the barracks to spend a few of their stolen moment.
The major sources for the lives of women in classical athens are literary, political and legal, and artistic as women play a prominent role in much athenian literature, it initially seems as though there is a great deal of evidence for the lives and experiences of athenian women. Life in ancient greece was quite different for men and women whilst men were expected to take an active part in the public life of their city, women were expected to lead a private life as wives and mothers. Women and slaves were not considered citizens in athens, therefore they had very little rights athenian women could not own property, vote or attend the assembly, or even choose their own husbandssome women's only job in athens was managing the household. There was contraception in ancient greece, but it was not readily used or available most often it was used after a woman had had a few children not all babies survived and life expectancy for women was 35-40 years old, presumably because they were worn out from childbearing.
Women in athens were taught skills they would need to run a home such as cooking and weaving they were expected to look after the home, make the clothes, and bear children roles of men, women, and children. The treatment of women in ancient greece is a rather complex subject, all the mysteries of which will probably never be completely revealed this is mostly because the ancient greek civilization lasted over 1,200 years and covered a huge geographical area.