Women's Role in Ancient Rome Society.
Women always have kept the most important part in any societies. Naturally, women have been responsible for the perpetuation of the society, and they also can be seen as the focal point of worship in some ancient religions. However, societies of ancient Rome viewed women differently from some societies of past eras. By examining how men see women, and women see themselves in “Haunted house” by Plautus, we can see that women was only considered as the secondary gender in ancient Rome societies. Women characters in the haunted house include Philematium (a girl of joy), Scapha (her maid, an old hag), and Delphium (a girl of joy to Callidamates). In the conversation between Philematium, Scapha, and Philolaches, we can see that women always consider themselves as the men’s property in ancient Rome society. Scapa says to Philematium: “Things unhoped-for come more often than things hoped.
Well, I suppose I never will convince you with my words,
But learn from my example, what I am and what I was:
For once I was a charming beauty just as you are now
And, loved as you are now, was dutiful to just one man.
He loved me, yes, by Pollux, till with time my hair turned grey, Then left me in the lurch. [A sigh] I know the same will come to you.” Base on her conversation, we can see that women in ancient Rome society also sustain themselves to be viewed and treated as property. Scapa once had the man who loved, and took care of her; however, she got dumbed by him and was back as the slave maid when she got old without any benefits. It have the same meaning in which ancient Rome women just like a toys for their men, and they ordinary throw them away when they lose interesting in them. Therefore, Plautus has indicated to audiences how enormous gender inequality ruled made the most affected on women life in ancient Rome through Scapa situation.
In another dimension of views, it seem there are no humanity for women in ancient Rome...
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