Women's Roles in Ancient Greece and Rome Essay

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Women's Roles in Ancient Greece and Rome Women have played important roles throughout history. They have been responsible for the rise and fall of nations, sustaining families, and have been the focal point of worship in ancient religions. Moving forward in history, women's roles have continually changed. Their status as matriarchs changed as the more advanced ancient civilizations rose. The patriarchal societies of ancient Greece and Rome viewed women differently from some societies of past eras. The study of the economic and political status of women, their rights, and their contributions to both these ancient societies reveals how views change throughout history. In Ancient Greece and Rome, much off what we know about the lives of …show more content…
There were also laws enacted that allowed women to remain under the power of their fathers rather than their husbands, providing them more freedom to govern their own business. Consent for marriage was required, and Senators could not marry a freedwoman, nor could the female descendant of a Senator marry a freedman. Certain women were permanently disqualified from marrying freedmen. "Prostitutes, procuresses, actresses, women working in a tavern and women convicted of adultery" (Thompson, 2005) were not allowed to marry but were permitted to fulfill the role of a concubine. Raising the family and managing the home were still the main role of women in Ancient Rome. Lower class women would have to perform duties themselves, but upper class women would have slaves and servants to help carry out these duties. Roman women also were expected to host the guests of the husband in the home. Although the Roman women enjoyed a few more freedoms than the Grecian women, they still were looked upon as a lesser citizen. This theme is repeated throughout history. Even in modern times, the woman is still often looked upon as in inferior class. They often do not enjoy the same benefits, political influence or power as their male counterparts. In the Western nations, women enjoy increasing respect, equality and affluence. Women have acquired a role more on par with males through a long struggle for independence and equality. Society no longer expects women to be ruled by men

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