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Reaction Paper--Daily Life In Athens In reading of the life of ordinary Athenians I cant help but realize how generally simple their lives were This is not to say that their lives were boring far from it in fact I am very surprised to find out just how eventful life in the ancient world could be By simple I am referring to the lifestyle that the average Athenian expected to the standard of living I think it is very important to recognize that the Athenians of the classical age--at least the early classical age--lived for the most part without luxuries and although there certainly were a good deal of festivals and holidays in early Athens the average person was not really concerned with luxury In my opinion this is something that is of key importance in a society and although Im not sure of this Im willing to bet that the Greeks began to be eclipsed by their simple and straightforward western neighbors the Romans at the same time as they began to embrace luxury and to seek a lifestyle more expensive than that of their fathers The section of the chapter that caught my attention more than any other was the sectionpg 177-179that described the daily life of Athenian citizens The description of Athenian clothing as essentially square sheets of cloth held together at the corners worn in some cases for an entire lifetime of an Athenian meal not as an elaborate ritual or even as what we think of as a polite time to socialize but as simply a chance to eat food and nothing else and of Athenian beds as simply mattress and blanket portray in my eyes a society in which function is in general more important than appearance Certainly the Athenians had their share of festivals and certainly they appreciated a lavishly decorated temple but these were things that were the property of the entire polis or in
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