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Women in Ancient Greek Society Homer and Greek society were strongly machista The Odyssey presents stories in which men were heroes won wars and governed countries while females were in second plan and didnt play any expressive role in society Women were always servants of the men throughout the poem their existence was based on serving the men in the book Culture in ancient Greece suggested that women had lower status than men The Greek Herodutos visited Egypt in 15 BC and found queer the way women were treated because he was used to the machista Greek society He did not agree that by law the queen should have greater power and honor than the king and that among private persons the wife should enjoy authority over her husband In the books of The Odyssey stories about men and the war are told Men are always superior and women are never related to their conquests except by the Goddess Athena who helped Odysseus to return to Ithaca his homeland The female in ancient Greek history was excluded not only from social and political life but also from the world of reason and love Women had no formal education female children were taught to read and write informally in their homes and usually by their mothers or by slaves who acted as tutors and therefore was considered inadequate for the training of new generations this fell into the hands of the men Greek women were married as young as 14 or 15 to a man as arranged by her family He may be as old as 30 and could very well be dead by age 45 A widow was expected to remarry particularly if she was still of childbearing age Female in the book play mostly the role of servants A clear example of that are the maids of Odysseus house Them all should be loyal to Odysseus or Telemachus and betraying them granted
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