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Ancient Greek Women : beauty and slavery

A woman of Ancient Greece has long been the standard of beauty for Europeans. Her unearthly beauty has inspired sculptors and painters, depicting in the art the images of Aphrodite, Athena or Demeter. Pretty, slender, graceful, with a swan's neck, dressed in flowing folds of the robe, with golden curls in a high hairdo, adorned with ribbons and a tiara - like a goddess descended from Olympus. In fact, women in Ancient Greece were largely limited, and their position was not so enviable, as you may think. Take for example the life of a married lady.

Despite the fact that Greece was the birthplace of democracy, women in ancient times had practically no rights. Monogamy in Ancient Greece did not particularly improve the position of women. The man was the master of everything, including the woman. The marriage for a Greek woman was the matter of her family that chose a spouse for her, that is why the love was out of the question. Most girls even did not meet their future husbands before the wedding. Fifteen was the normal age for girls to marry, while male had to be at least thirty. Marriage imposed obligations only on one side – a woman. After the marriage, the man indulged in dealing with mistresses and courtesans. He could publicly renounce his wife, and that was enough for him to divorce, provided that he was willing to compensate the dowry. For the woman, it was very difficult to divorce. It was allowed only through a court order if provided with evidence of the scandalous misconduct of the husband. After the divorce, children stayed with the father. At that time children were the main objective of marriage, as the Greek soldiers had to have an heir for the wealth conquered in the wars. The woman was not allowed to go anywhere alone. Even on rare visits to the parents, she had to be accompanied by someone.

Thus, a wife to a Greek man was some kind of a chief servant. Her main duties were to keep the house, manage slaves and often cook, weave, sew, and wash clothes by herself. A Greek wife never took part in the feasts, where her husband could bring his mistress. Such a relegation of the status of women had for the ancient Greek society grave consequences – homosexuality has become a common phenomenon not only in Greek literature but also in life.

A modern woman wouldn't have agreed to experience the fate of the Greek woman, but who knows, maybe centuries ago such a lifestyle was quite an accepted standard.

A woman of Ancient Greece has long been the standard of beauty for Europeans. Her unearthly beauty has inspired sculptors and painters, depicting in the art the images of Aphrodite, Athena or Demeter. Pretty, slender, graceful, with a swan's neck, dressed in flowing folds of the robe, with golden curls in a high hairdo, adorned with ribbons and a tiara - like a goddess descended from Olympus.

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