Ancient Greek women
By: M. Zarling
Who are some Greek Women?
The Spartan women were expected to be physically tough, emotionally and physically. They worked on being strong, learned athletic training, and learned how to defend themselves. The emphasis on army made the family life less important. Women spent much time apart from their husbands. The Spartan women had more freedom then their husbands. They were allowed to own property and were expected to watch over husband's property if he was at war. They were expected to be good wives and mothers.
The Athen women roles were respected because they helped keep the family and society strong and together. They learned household duties from their mothers. Some women fulfilled important religious roles such as priestesses in temples. The Athen women were not legal citizens. Even though they were respected they had less freedom than Spartan women. They could only inherit property if their fathers had no sons. The women didn't attend school but few learned how to read and write.