Differences Between Ancient Athen And Sparta

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Register to read the introduction… The lives of most women were centered on their households. However, they had more rights than women in other ancient civilizations. For example, in the Greek city-state of Athens from about 500 to 300 B.C., women raised children and managed the spinning, weaving, and cooking in the household. Wealthy women supervised slaves in these tasks, but they also did some of the work themselves. Respectable Athenian women seldom left their homes. Only men could purchase goods or engage in soldiering, lawmaking, and public speaking. The societies of ancient Egypt and of the Greek city-state of Sparta provided a rare contrast. Both Egyptian and Spartan women could own property and engage in business. According to Dr. Peter Picone, the author of "The Status of Women in Ancient Egyptian" states "the Egyptian women seem to have enjoyed the same legal and economic rights as the Egyptian man". Also he states that legal rights were on a class boundary more than a gender boundary. The Women of Sparta on the other hand were quite different from the women of their neighbor, Athens. As you well know, the women of Sparta were bold, freer, and well educated. Also with the Sparta women, everything depended up money, which would determine your rank in society. While some of the Spartan citizens have quite small properties, others have very large ones; hence the land has passed into the hands of a few. And this …show more content…
Coming of age in ancient Greece was not always easy according to some pieces of pottery, which show a slave girl struggling to lift a heavy load. In the same piece of artwork a mistress can be seen drinking wine. This certainly indicates a difference in lifestyles for the women of ancient Greece. Another piece of pottery depicts a girl being taught to dance naked for men that are drinking at a party. The teacher is apparently holding a staff, which was used to swat the girls if they were not dancing properly. Some girls were enjoyed a more fun upbringing and were taught such activities as juggling to improve their dexterity. It is also very apparent in from these artifacts that women in these times had a very close and significant relationship with their …show more content…
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