Some novels may relate to everyday relationships, while others may relate to society in general. Attempts were made to get rid of the practice of needing a dowry to get married. However, one thing the Athenians did not value was women. Claim to Fame Athens has found its name in Greek history for its undying wisdom and concentration on infrastructural development and Sparta for its military power. This conflict, the Peloponnesian War, essentially was a 28-year period of on and off civil war among Greek city-states.
Once an Athenian maiden reached sexual maturity, she knew that her male guardian would marry her off, but she had no say in the matter. Women were clearly not regarded as equals to men, and their sole purpose in life was to serve their husbands. This made them far less vulnerable than female chattel slaves. They usually were not taught how to read and write though. And when people think of Sparta they see a society hell bent of taking over Athens and crush anyone who stands in their way.
They married at age eighteen, much later than other Greeks. One's self image is very psychological because it is people's concept of themselves. War Between Athens and Sparta Athens and Sparta were two rival city-states, while the latter had very well trained military and soldiers, the former boasted of a good navy. It is interesting to note, however, that in the many erotic depictions on Athenian pottery the boys are not portrayed enjoying the experience, but rather stoically enduring it. Personally, I believe education wants to shed only positive light on how women were treated long ago because of the still resonant issues of equality today, and the same can be said about mass media. Fathers played little or no role in child care.
If the husband died she vacated the house and went to her father's brother. Because she had helots, no Spartiate wife was required to do any menial tasks, and if she managed a prosperous estate she had the money and time for personal pleasures such as horse- or dog-breeding and hunting. The aim of their training was so they could produce healthy Spartan children and protect Sparta if they had to whilst the men were away. The wealthy male owns the business, or runs it, and thefemales work their butts off. This was also the time of Athens' fall, which proclaimed Sparta superior in the constant war of the two empires.
Some eighty years after the , according to the traditional chronology, from the north took place and eventually led to the rise of classical Sparta — famous as a martial power, foe of the Persian Empire, and eventual conqueror of Athens. Athenian women can be classified into three general classes. Boys and youths of the agoge were expected to be still and respectful in the presence of their elders, and girls were, too — but not with each other! Sparta was cut off from the rest of Greece by high mountains and wild country sides, there for Spartans developed their own ideas of society and government. Women's lives were similar in many parts of ancient Greece, but the Greeks themselves singled out the city state of Sparta as being greatly different. Because of the laws and principles established by Lycurgus, Spartan women had more freedoms than Athenian women, however, they also shared similar familial customs and political status restrictions.
Where troops lived in the mud and filth for weeks and months. If the man was not caught, this was seen as passing another trial of development. He received first place many times in competitions that judged the plays that were performed in the Dionysian festivals, a celebration in which the Athenians. They could not choose who to marry, all was decided by their fathers. When they turned 30 they could set up their own households but they still ate dinner every night with the other men. Women: Women in ancient Athens had very little choices open to them. It is interesting to note that this was not the case in the beginning of ancient Greece.
In Sparta, women had rights that other Greek women did not have. In domestic life, a boy was taught reading and writing, while a girl was taught spinning and other domestic duties by the slaves her family had. Unlike Sparta, in Athens, boys were not forced to join the army. Economy Ancient Dependent on trade and agriculture Dependent on agriculture Culture Ancient Forward looking Laid back Military not as military based, as military service was optional mandatory military service Outlook Ancient Democratic Oligarchic Ancestry Ionian Descent Descendants of the Dorian invaders girls education no yes About Both Athens and Sparta hold historic value for Greece and the world. Spartan boys left their parental homes at the age of 7 to start their public education in the agoge. The two are considered very different when it comes to comparison. Athenian girls were reared in their houses on a diet smaller and less nutritious than that of their brothers, lacking meat, fish, spices, and wine.
If her husband was absent for too long she could find a new one, rather than having a new marriage arranged for her by a relative. Furthermore, there is no evidence that girls were subjected to the same test. This fact has led many modern scholars to impute widespread homosexuality to Spartan men, but such an assunption ignores entirely the reality surrounding those barracks. Athens economy was dependent more upon trade. Spartan girls competed in athletics at the same time as the boys and may have done so in the nude before a mixed audience.