Women’s Role in Ancient Greek Religion Essay

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Ancient Greek mythology has made its way into public conscience and knowledge. So much so that any person on the street would be able to name at least one deity from their pantheon. From this public knowledge, much is known about the religions including its stories and mythologies. But less is known about a person’s role in Ancient Greek religion and even less about a woman roles in their religion. What roles the Ancient Greek people did play can be gathered from the Greek stories and myths. But more specifically what roles did Ancient Greek women play in their religion. The Ancient Greek myths and stories tell of priestess and women who remained virgins as a way of worshipping their gods. But more questions come from these, why did these …show more content…
As with many facets of Ancient Greek society what information we can learn comes from the stories and myths of that age. The most information about Ancient Greek women can be found in the myth of Pandora. This is a familiar myth and character in public knowledge, most people know the story of Pandora’s Box and how it released evil in the world. This is only a small part of the larger story.
In the larger view, Zeus created Pandora as the first woman as a way to win a contest between him, the God of the Sky, and Prometheus, a titan. In Ancient Greek beliefs, the creation of Pandora, the first woman and the opening of her box brought the start of our current world. Changes occurred that brought this new world into being, in a stark contrast to the previous one. The myth itself describes the world that men lived before the creation of Pandora. The story explains that men had been living on earth, free from disease, work and evil. Now with the current world, work began and made life harder, men were separated from their gods and reproduction were brought into the world (Clark).
From this myth, we can understand how Ancient Greek society viewed their women. Following the logic of the myth, Ancient Greek society would view men and women as completely different entities. Since men and women were created at different times and for different purposes they were completely different and separate from each other. This view on women even made its way

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