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Ancient Athens

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S: the role of men& woman

BC: MellisaChirongoma& Hailely Pewtress | Open this book and reveal the wonders of what life was like in the Ancient Greece,so take a peek,it wouldn't hurt.Hope you learn from this book.

FC: The role of both women and men in Anient Athens | .MellisaChirongoma & Hailey Pewtress

1: Men, women, and children in ancient Greece had different roles and responsibilities. Let's look at the roles you and your friends and family would have had if you had lived in ancient Greece.

2: What were girls roles in the ancient Greece | Girls grew up helping their mothers around the house. All girls were taught to cook, weave, and clean. Girls also learned ancient secret songs and dances so they could participate in the religious festivals. Some girls were taught to read and write by their mothers, but this was rare. At age 15, the girls of wealthy families were expected to throw away their toys and marry the man that their father chose for them. Peasant girls found their own husbands while working in the fields.

3: What were the boys roles in the ancient Greece | Boys were considered to be more important than girls and were sent to school at age 6. At school they learned to read, write the alphabet, add on an abacus, and enjoy poetry and music. Boys were expected to have a healthy mind and body. They were taught to have healthy bodies by participating in gymnastics -- this included wrestling, running, jumping, and throwing the javelin. At age 16, boys began to train for their future jobs. If they wanted to be in the army, they would have started training at age 7 and entered the army at age 20. Other popular jobs were those of businessmen and Olympic athletes.

4: what were the women roles in the Ancient Greece | Women dressed in clothes much like those worn by the men. If you were married to a rich man, your chiton would have been made of brightly colored wool or linen. On special occasions women wore wigs and makeup. Women didn't have as many privileges as men in ancient Greece. For example, they were not allowed to eat or sleep in the same room as men, go to the Olympics, or go into the marketplace or streets of the city. Since they spent a lot of time in the house, their most important tasks, aside from having children, were running the household and managing the slaves. Women in less wealthy households did not have slaves and had to do all the housework themselves. In peasant households, the women were in charge of working the fields.

5: what were mens role in the ancient Greece | Men in Greece wore special clothes. Every Greek man owned several chitons, long, rectangular pieces of cloth with holes for the head and arms. The chitons were decorated based on the man's status in society. The richest men had the fanciest chitons, made out of the most expensive cloth and with the most decorations. The man was in charge of the family and the house. Most men worked during the day as businessmen or farmers. When they were at home, they were treated with great respect. Even during dinner, the men laid on couches and were fed and entertained by the slaves while the women and children ate in another room. Men were given the most responsibility and, therefore, were considered the most important people in ancient Greece.

7: Boy clothing

9: Girl clothing

10: Women in most city-states of ancient Greece had very few rights. They were under the control and protection of their father, husband, or a male relative for their entire lives. Women had no role in politics. Women with any wealth did not work. They stayed indoors running their households. The only public job of importance for a woman was as a religious priestess. In Sparta, men stayed in barracks until they were thirty. Since Spartan women did not have this restriction, they had more freedoms and responsibilities in public life. They were able to go out in public unescorted, participate in athletic contests, and inherit land. In the fourth century, over two-fifths of the land in Sparta was owned by women. In Athens, the law required all inheritances to go through the male line and limited property that could be owned by women.

11: e... | It was the wives who supervised the slaves and managed the household responsibilities, such as weaving and cooking. In affluent homes, women had a completely separate area of the house where men were not permitted. In the homes of the poor, separate areas were not available. Poor women often worked outside the home, assisting their husbands at the market or at some other job. Poorer women often went to the market without a male escort

12: What did girls do? They learnt to read- in school or at home They learnt important household skills-spinning, weaving, sewing, cooking and other household jobs Learnt simple facts on mythology, religion and occasionally musical instruments Spent most of their time in her household with other women- only leaving the house to perform religious duties

13: What about marriage? Girls got married in their teens, often to a man in his 30's After a woman got married, she and her husband would give offerings to the god's and share a cake with her husband Her father would chose her husband- for most Athenians, marriage was basically living together Marriage may have been arranged from a very early age, if the daughter came from a wealthy family The ancient Greek girl did not know or meet her husband until the dowry(the girl's portion of the father's estate) and betrothal had been agreed to It was important that the ancient girls were virgins

14: Athenian Women Had Little Power | In 5th century Athens, women had no political power and very little power in their personal lives, as well. They were considered equal to slaves and foreigners, not given the right to vote or leave the house without a chaperone. The reason why an Athenian woman got married was to have children.

15: These heirs would become good Athenian citizens who would also be able to provide for their parents when their parents became elderly or infirm. Interesting contrast can be drawn to the lives of Spartan women, who were able to own and control their own property. Spartan women were encouraged to fight and had little interactions with their own children after giving birth to them.

16: Ancient Athenians believed that women were in the world to have babies and manage the household. This ideal grates on most modern women because it seems so horrifically simple. Such a prospective future cannot be looked at as anything but monotonous. Being a mother is a beautiful thing and no one doubts the need for a nice house. However, there must be something more. Wise women and men will continue to debate of the equality of the genders. It is interesting to see that while we as a civilization have come quite far, in some ways we have barely even begun.

18: Wealthy families | Girls clothing | Mothers clothing

19: photo gallery | Boy clothing | Father clothing

20: | More Bibliography

21: Bibligrapy |

22: : The Role of a Woman in Ancient Athens | Just a little more bibliography

23: dressing gown/f/desc,True/ | |

24: F O R E V E R | |

26: By, Hailey & Mellisa

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