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The Women of Ancient Greek Times In Ancient Greek times around 4BC women were typically subordinated An example of this treatment can be seen in the lives of women living in Athens In contrast a neighboring area Sparta illustrated a different way of life for their women Sparta was located in the south-central portion of the Peloponnesian and was a more isolated culture It was dependent upon agriculture while Athens was cosmopolitan and dependent on manufacture and trade With the separation of the two areas was also the separation of ideas and understandings and as a result the concept of a women and her status was quite different in the two societies due to patriarchy Differences were mainly seen in education marriage and motherhood The democracy of the Athenian society existed with patriarchy As a result the Athenian society made a major shift in the worship of Goddess to God Harriman said The Athenian democracy began to definitive formIts laws served to crystallize the subordination of women 55 An athenian woman was practically an object herself She could not own property and was excluded from becoming a citizen Taylor 1999 If the husband died she became a practical slave very few rights In general the woman was the subject to a life of subservience The women were legally dependent upon her husband or father All in all she was encouraged to a have a quiet lifestyle very much unlike that of a Spartan woman As a result of the males of Sparta always at war the women had more freedom They had many rights that Athenian women did not have Sparta was considered extremely secretive and suspicious of outsiders Sickinger 1997 The women could own a control property A woman was expected to overtake her husbands property when he was away at war to guard it from outsiders The society that existed
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