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The women of Ancient Greece lived through a period of critical oppression which would last several centuries They were completely inferior and separated from a male society Women were confined to the homes and restricted against free movement in the streets Their duties were to bear children and attend to household affairs The roles of women in the family differed between the upper and lower classes Women of the upper class were confined to the household - bearing children child-care spinning and weaving and other domestic affairs Women were wholly in charge of the production of textiles for the members of the family Additional roles included bathing and annoiting their husbands Beard 30-1 Lower class women were not as strictly confined to the household as the upper class women were Instead their duties included those of the upper class women as well as street or market vending and midwifery They were considered inferior because many of their duties took place outside of the home working side-by-side with slaves Beard 30-31 As less of a division of class women in general shared many rituals and duties On festive occasions women would have the honor of preparing meat Preparation included such tasks as the slaughter dressing cooking and distributing of the meat Other rituals women shared were making breads and cakes Because women were confined to the homes they had free time to artistically express themselves Many vases have been found showing women in-groups weaving singing and reading Finnegan 13 Women of Ancient Greece were given many restrictions on what they could or could not do outside of the home With a strong division between upper and lower class women either stayed at home or were shunned in the streets Women were restricted to motherhood only They were not the companions of their husbands In fact within the home the husband and wife stayed in different quarters The wife was confined to quarters with
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