Nowadays, there are many people who still believe in the idea that it’s the world dominated by men, so women are born to serve them. When it comes to the times of ancient Greece, things were not so much different. That’s because women didn’t have any important and basic rights to own property, vote, serve in juries, and others. They even couldn’t manage their own property as they didn’t have any right to spend money for their household expenses.
This means that women in ancient Greece were obliged to have guardians beyond them to do that. For example, their guardians before getting married were their fathers. After getting married, the guardians of women were their husband who took over the job of their fathers. If women were widows, their sons or other male relatives were obliged to carry on this responsibility. The citizenship of women in ancient Greece was under mystery. What were their basic roles in the society?
To answer this question, there are specific facts to uncover, including the one that some women were treated as prostitutes there, so their main duty was entertaining men in different senses. They could be considered as slaves as men were allowed to use them as dancers, prostitutes, singers, flute girls, and so on. Some of these women were not even allowed to go out of the houses of their men.
Besides, women needed to continue earning their living this way if they didn’t marry with any man. Without any family and household connections, they had no chance to gain their rightful freedom. Women were seen as a potential risk to the status and honor of their household, and that’s why they were always under some supervision. In terms of exposure infants, all the responsibilities belonged to their fathers who had the rights to raise, accept, and expose children. The good news is that they had no right to kill babies. Daughters were not counted as the offspring, so they were often along unlucky exposed infants, just like sick and abnormal babies.
In conclusion, the early treatment and social position of women in ancient Greece is best described as servitude. Their treatment was different from one city to another, but basic rules and concepts didn’t change. Their main task was establishing the bloodline that could carry on the name of their husbands and provide proper last rites. Some women were still lucky enough to find their true love and form life-long bonds.
Nowadays, there are many people who still believe in the idea that it’s the world dominated by men, so women are born to serve them. When it comes to the times of ancient Greece, things were not so much different. That’s because women didn’t have any important and basic rights to own property, vote, serve in juries, and others.