Position of Women in Society

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Women’s Position in Society

Teacher: Joann Roberts
Foreign Language Discipline: Latin
Grade Level: High School
Courses: Latin III-IV Honors, AP Latin Literature
Topic: View of Women’s Position in Antiquity

Unit Overview

Essential Understandings:

❑ The position of women in Greek society differed from the position of women in Roman society. ❑ The roles of women in both Greek and Roman society had common elements. ❑ The position and roles of women were dependent on their status and would vary accordingly. ❑ Much of the information regarding women in antiquity is derived from a male point of view and must be analyzed and filtered by examining diverse resources from other disciplines, including art. ❑ Western civilization has experienced both change and stasis in women’s positions as compared to the Greek and Roman civilizations.

Learner Outcomes and Expectations:

❑ Students will understand the differences and similarities between women in Greek and Roman Societies. ❑ Students will identify the differences of women’s position in society based upon their status. ❑ Students will examine the position of various women from selected readings in a primary source, the Metamorphoses by Ovid. ❑ Students will analyze these readings with respect to information from other disciplines, particularly art, to assess the position and roles of some women in antiquity. ❑ Students will be aware of the changes and stasis of women’s position in western society as compared to the Greek and Roman civilizations.

Essential Questions:

❑ What are the roles and positions of women in Greek society? ❑ How do these roles differ by class?
❑ What are the roles and positions of women in Roman society? ❑ How do these roles differ by class?
❑ How do the roles of women in antiquity change and/or remain the same in western civilization? ❑ What information can be derived from a primary source? ❑ How does information from other disciplines such as art help substantiate your position?

Assessment:

❑ Students should be able to explain the differences and similarities between the position of women in Greek and Roman societies. ❑ Students should be able to identify differences in positions of Greek and Roman women based upon their status. ❑ Students should be able to recognize and understand the perspective on women in a primary source by analyzing the material. ❑ Students should have an understanding of the value of information gleaned from art and other disciplines to better conceptualize the position of women in antiquity. ❑ Students should recognize the differences and similarities between the position of women in antiquity and women in western civilization.

Rationale

This unit will promote an understanding of women’s positions in antiquity. It will allow the student to recognize similarities and differences between the roles and position of women in Greece and Rome. Students will be able to recognize differences in position which are the result of the status of the women. They will be able to assess the roles of women in western civilization with an understanding of their precursors.

Students will analyze material from a primary source to evaluate the station of women in society. They will also be able to utilize and appreciate information gained through art and other disciplines. It will expand the students’ understanding of research through incorporation of other disciplines into their work.

Latin Lesson Plan:

❑ Selected readings from the Metamorphoses by Ovid
o Baucis and Philemon
o Pyramus and Thisbe
o Pygmalion
o Orpheus and Eurydice
❑ Readings relating to the position of women in ancient Greece and Rome ❑ Research and lectures in art and other related disciplines

Objectives: Every learner will be able to:

❑ Identify and differentiate the...
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