Ancient Rome and Greece Families

By:DyJanet Celestine

Ancient Rome

In ancient Rome, the father was the head of the household. The mother was supposed to remain at home and raise the children. Females were also controlled by the male members of their extended family. Large families were encouraged to carry on family lines and build up the paterfamilias. Paterfamilias are the male head of a family or household. Children played with toys and had fun.

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Picture #1 http://rome.mrdonn.org/romulusandremus.html

Picture #2 http://historyandotherthoughts.blogspot.com/2012/06/clothing-in-ancient-rome.html?_sm_au_=iVV8qSknpLbjRSsr

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Ancient Greece

In ancient Greece, family roles have developed over time. Males were the head of the family. If males were not training for the military service or talking about politics they went to the Theatre of Entertainment. Lives of females in ancient Greece were tied to domestic work such as spinning, weaving, and other household chores. They were not allowed to leave the house without the husband’s permission.

A little more about Ancient Greece

In ancient rome women also took care of the children.Children in ancient Greece would normally occupied their time by playing with toys. Both men and women wore chiton. In ancient Greece beauty was also very important. While men were supposed to take an active role in the public lives of their city, women were supposed to live a private life as wives and mothers. In ancient Greece only males could be full citizens and make important decisions.

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Picture #1 http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/illustration/illustration-of-ancient-greek-family-royalty-free-illustration/150955014

Picture #2 http://www.fashion-era.com/ancient_costume/ancient-greek-mens-dress.htm

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Difference between Ancient Rome and Greece

Extended families were supposed to be cared for in ancient Rome, but not in Greece. In free time, Greeks would go to the Theatre, but Romans would not. Although both women in ancient Rome and Greece had freedom, women in Greece had less.

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Picture #1 http://www.crystalinks.com/romefamily.html

Picture #2 http://quatr.us/greeks/people/family.htm

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Similarities between Ancient Rome and Greece

The father was the head of the family in both civilizations. Also the females took care of the children. Children occupied their time by playing with toys and beauty was very important in both civilizations.

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Picture #1 https://www.pinterest.com/pin/534802524473501496/

Picture #2 http://www.carlingfor-h.schools.nsw.edu.au/content/sites/students/history/Student_ICT_Projects/Year_7_2014/My_Website_Jared_Belo/ancienttimes/play.html

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