Introduction to Ancient Greece – Bella

I am really starting to get into Ancient Greece, which was unexpected. I thought it would be more difficult than Ancient Egypt, but I am realizing how fascinating the Grecian world was. The challenge is that it is more difficult to discuss Greece, because it is comprised of islands and different types of political systems, not just one large kingdom like Ancient Egypt. My notes on Greece are extensive, and I am realizing there was a level of rape culture that was not   prominent in Ancient Egypt. Grecian women were objects, not people, and viewed as such a source of evil that the names of women could not be spoken in public.

This is an excerpt of my introduction to Ancient Greece, which I just finished typing up last night, and now I am onto researching religion.

“Girls were expected to marry as virgins, and the husband did not have any restrictions on his sexual status when he entered the marriage. It was expected in the culture for a male to have sexual experience before the marriage, whether with males or females, while the girls were tightly bound to these societal expectations that had life changing repercussions if not followed. The marriage was organized by the father, or the male guardian of the female whether it be a brother or an uncle. Females were viewed as property of whichever male owned them, not real people. Women were essentially chattel for bearing children, belonging to whoever claimed them, but always under the jurisdiction of a man.  The average age for marriage was 13 or 14, often to a male at least twenty years older. To a modern person these arranged marriages could be interpreted as a form of rape in the Ancient World though this was not the definition of rape. Indeed, marriage was the only form of honor accorded women in Ancient Greece.  Women could not stand up for themselves because they did not think it was an option, and they had only known the patriarchy that they learned and grew up in. If women revolted and suddenly the patriarchy was overthrown, they would not know what to do, because they had not lived in a world without it. Civilization had transcended the natural world,  disassociated women from nature and  immersed themselves in the civilization created by men for men. Aristotle contributed to this idea, when he said that women were intellectually incapable of making decisions for themselves because they spent their lives being under the jurisdiction of a male guardian, then another male guardian in their husband, who they were under the complete control and authority of.”

Source for image:

Lato. “Women and Their Role in Ancient Greece and Rome.” Lato,

    Accessed 17 Apr. 2018.


1 thought on “Introduction to Ancient Greece – Bella

  1. Gwyneth Turner

    Interesting post! It seems to me that gender roles in ancient Greece fit the extremely male-centric model found in most pre-modern societies, although Greece may be a particularly restrictive example even in the context of the ancient world. Your note that rape culture was more prominent in Greece than in Egypt is especially interesting. Would you consider ancient Greece a more misogynistic society than ancient Egypt?


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