A discussion on the role of women in sparta and athens

In Greece, there was a great emphasis on physical exercise and which was viewed as vital for the development of the children. I found it sad that in Turkey we still have similar lifestyle with the ancient Greek.

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The mothers of warriors had to ensure that their sons fought and died like their forefathers. This sentence by a famous philosopher makes clear the position of women in polis. With this in mind: —How did the women of Athens seem to be depicted? I would also like students to consider whether the depiction of women is an accurate reflection of the roles they actually played. Women are not allowed to attend to public places. Therefor we know much little about Spartan women. Moreover, Spartan women could divorce their husband which was not the case in the rest of Greece. Circumstances made them change their roles, sometimes women accepted as Goddesses like Kybele and sometimes men accepted as Gods. Meyer also observed that women were straight forward in the back streets and focused on her job which is carrying water or going to wash clothes in the running water Meyer,

Not only would men and women not have been naked in public together, but a proper Greek woman would not usually set foot out of doors, other than to perhaps collect water from the cistern! For this reason, women were restricted to stay at home.

We also know about women in ancient times by famous philosophers like Aristotle and Plato, and the private letters written by women. Women educated at home and learned the basic things like sewing, cooking, raising child.

It involved young boys being taught military and survival skills.

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The defeat at Leuctra led to a severe political, social and military decline in the city-state but it managed to maintain its independence from successive Hellenistic monarchs.

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While Athenian girls might have expected to marry for the first time around the age of fourteen, Spartan women normally married at around the age of 18 to Spartan men closely related in age. The allowance of exercise and athletics for Spartan women, though highly looked down upon by the rest of the Greek world particularly Athens , was not seen as a freedom per se by the Spartans. Spartan women married at 18 which is an age that they can be said as more mature. Spartan History Sparta or Lacedaemon was for centuries one of the most important powers in the Hellenic world. My expectation is that the students, with some well-directed facilitation questions, will make connections between the political structure of each city-state and its social structure. Such was the status of motherhood, that those who died in childbirth were honored like those who fell in battle defending the city-state. The cults dedicated to female heroes and deities were overseen by priestesses, something that was not uncommon in the Greek world. We also learn the perception of women by men.

Pomeroy, S. The mothers of warriors had to ensure that their sons fought and died like their forefathers.

A discussion on the role of women in sparta and athens

The female relatives of fallen soldiers celebrated the death of those who died in battle and lamented the survival of those adjudged to be cowards. Bearing and raising children was considered the most important role for women in Spartan society, equal to male warrior in Spartan army. The battles of Sparta are well-known and have become legendary. Remember, not every woman in America lives the way you might live. At the same time, the militaristic structure of Spartan society ended up allowing women far greater freedom of movement and financial independence than any other contemporary Greek city-state. This may be good for Meyer, as he was able to make connection between ancient and modern times. Then the militaristic nature of Spartan society meant that women had more economic and even sexual freedom. Women educated at home and learned the basic things like sewing, cooking, raising child. Thus, before they enter the class on the day I talk about these texts, they will have already thought critically about them and will have posted their responses to a question or more than one question posed by a classmate—the facilitator for that week. The cults dedicated to female heroes and deities were overseen by priestesses, something that was not uncommon in the Greek world. While man continued to war persistently, women tried to find a way to end the war between the Greek sons. The Spartans after receiving support from Persia established hegemony over Greece until they were defeated at Leuctra by the Thebans and their allies BC.

The queens had a great deal of social prestige and Gorgo, the widow of King Leonidas, who died a hero at Thermopylae, was a significant figure in Laconia. They do physical activities besides housework and raising children.

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As in the rest of Greece, young women in Lacedaemon could not select their bridegroom. Then, I lecture in class on how the goals of the political institutions in classical Greece have an impact on social structure.

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