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Women in history any history provide a fascinating topic Every society treats women differently and represents them differently in their history Naturally women are an important part in any society In a society where the men do all of the providing and women must stay at home women become very important in social and private life They are the caretakers and the centers of the home The women are responsible for the perpetuation of the society They have the children and they provide the children with basic emotional support Mothers are the first teachers of the rules of society and the customs of the Romans This is especially evident with daughters who learn how to be wives and mothers by the example of their mother The daughters in turn will eventually pass on their cultural heritage to their children Women in Ancient Rome were most certainly viewed as property and vehicles for producing heirs but they were also often viewed as partners in marriage and formed loving relationships with members of the opposite sex Women in Ancient Rome were often viewed and treated as property Enormous gender inequality ruled all aspects of life A woman first belonged to her father and then to her husband In cases where both her father and husband died she became the property of one of her husbands male relatives A father held the power of life and death over all of his children though this power was rarely employed A father could also sell his daughter into slavery at any time for whatever reason he wished He held absolute power over all female relatives under his guardianship In this arena a woman had no rights of her own The law required that all women young and old be under the care of a guardian A womens father had the right to give her in marriage to whomever he wished These marriages were first and foremost political and economic
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