His 126 The West and the WorldMr. Hall
The Women of Ancient Greece
Cheris Kramarae once said, “Feminism is the radical notion that women are people”. In today’s society marriage is a romanticized idea of living a life with the person you love, while in ancient Greece this was the last thing women were thinking about. In ancient vc cGreece women endured extremely difficult situation in many aspects of their lives. From marriage, to inheritance, to social life, lives of women were extremely difficult and these three elements combined created a civilization of submissive women.
Although in both today’s society and Ancient Greece a woman’s wedding day was a very important day in her life. Unlike today the women had absolutely no control over who she would marry. Marriages were arraigned by the bride and groom to be. Financial arraignments were made by both family parties in the form of a dowry. Young girls who could not be considered a woman in today’s society married very young, between the ages of 14 -18, while men married in there 20’s and sometimes even 30’s. For a women to be completely accepted into the grooms family, a child must have been conceived from the couples union. If a woman could not conceive a child, which we know in today’s society that any woman cannot, divorce was legally required. Marriage was seen as a business transaction between men ( the men of the families).
Very often the issue of property arose. A woman’s property always remained separate from her husband’s” if she had any at all. The husband took total control of the property and if something should happen to the husband control was passed to their children. Once again the male had total power and authority over the wife even if the property was hers. A woman could not engage in transactions involving property valued at over one bushel. This limit prevented women from gaining any influence or authority in “political and...