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21 September 2000 A Comparison Between Greek and Roman Families Through research I have concluded that there are differences and similarities in Greek and Roman families I hope to prove this fact in the following essay The Greek family was mostly a nuclear family It usually consisted of a husband wife and their children The family was considered part of an economic unit Their primary function in life was to make new citizens The male of the household was the only person to take part in a social life Most males thought they owned the polis the town they lived They controlled the government and everyone in it Women were permitted to go to festivals or join religious cults but they werent permitted to join in political events or be outside the household without an escort There were exceptions to this if the family was too poor to have slaves to do the shopping Women were allowed to own small personal items but not Harper 2 property Womens main purpose was to keep up the household and to have children Women received no formal education but they may have a tutor when they were young They were taught how to do the work expected of them when they were young Women were also permitted to attend festivals of some kind or a funeral They were also expected to make all the clothes blankets and other cloth items Women were usually married between the ages of 14 and 15 Womens lives were greatly eased if the family had slaves Then the womens main duties were to watch the slaves to make sure they did the housework The slaves jobs would include making clothes farming shopping and any other task that was needed that day In Greek life there was a strong presentence of homosexuality This relationship was usually between a young male and an older man The older male supposedly taught the younger male about the
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