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The Role of Women in Greco-Roman Society As Reflected in Classical Mythology The Greco-Roman society was a very patriarchal society This is reflected throughout the myths in classical mythology By looking at the classic mythology we will see that the roles women portrayed are very different than womens roles in todays society Although there are a few similarities to womens roles in todays society their roles are more like those women in the past We can see this by looking at the attributes of Greco-Roman female gods and looking at the roles women play in the myths By comparing the roles of women in the myths with womens roles today we will see that the roles have many differences and few similarities The first things we will look at to show womens roles reflected in Classical mythology are the attributes of the female gods Of the fourteen main Olympian Deities only six of them are women This includes Hera Hestia Demeter Artemis Athena and Aphrodite Of these six I believe Hera Demeter and Aphrodite best portray the role of women in Greco Roman society as reflected in Classical mythology The Olympian Deity who best shows the role of women is portrayed by Greek Mythology is Hera Hera is the goddess of marriage childbirth and consort of Zeus She stays at home and presides over the family all day while her husband goes around making love with every other beautiful girl in Greece This indicates that in Greco-Roman society the women would stay at home to watch over their children clean the house weave and make the meals This could be looked at as being very similar to the roles of women in the early to mid 20th century but is different than the roles of women in todays society Woman in todays society are no longer expected to stay at home and watch over the house and home Most women today have jobs
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