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Historically women and western culture have not been compatible one another This is probably due to the fact that most of history has been recorded under a patriarchal rule Western society has been made to look as if it was always been a patriarchal one This has influence how history was recorded and preserved As time has passed evidence has been found that the Ancient Mediterranean and Renaissance societies have not always been based on a system in which men held all high positions of power Despite this knowledge present day historians have been reluctant to accept the idea that perhaps Mediterranean and Renaissance Women in ancient history were highly educated and many held high positions of power Gosline 25 Many women during this period were writers philosophers or lawyers Others even held positions of power in religion Yet little can be found in more contemporary history books regarding these women This paper will focus its attention some of the literature on woman during this periods More recent research has shown that Mediterranean Egyptian Greek and Roman women of all periods participated extensively in the most sacrosanct aspects of worship But in order to minimize the effects of their titles historians have discounted the significance of women holding titles of priesthood by passing them off as honorific or by associating them with brothels 26-27 Despite their efforts evidence into this area shows that women who were given priestly titles were required to be educated and to carry a high status position in society in order to be able to complete the duties required by these positions Torjesen 13 These findings dispel any diminishing of the titles held by those women Examples of positions that required education are that of Gods Wife of Amon or Gods Wife which were positions held in Egypt prophetess ruler of the synagogue elder deaconess and priests Further discussion of these positions will show how well educated women of the
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