Start Date

28-4-2015 9:00 AM

End Date

28-4-2015 10:15 AM

Disciplines

Ancient History, Greek and Roman through Late Antiquity | Women's History

Subjects

Women -- Greece -- Sparta (Extinct city), Greece -- Sparta (Extinct city), Women -- Greece -- History

Abstract

Active in both social and economic spheres, Spartan women possessed much more mobility than their counterparts in Athens. In the areas of education, the arts, land ownership, marriage, and family life, the women of Sparta enjoyed a large amount of sovereignty when compared to other ancient societies. The absence of Spartan men during almost constant times of war necessitated women taking on more responsibility than they would have otherwise, but to what extent? This paper strives to characterize the unique role of the women of Sparta during the classical period of Greek history, especially as in contrast to their Athenian neighbors.

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Apr 28th, 9:00 AM Apr 28th, 10:15 AM

The Enigma of the Spartan Woman

Active in both social and economic spheres, Spartan women possessed much more mobility than their counterparts in Athens. In the areas of education, the arts, land ownership, marriage, and family life, the women of Sparta enjoyed a large amount of sovereignty when compared to other ancient societies. The absence of Spartan men during almost constant times of war necessitated women taking on more responsibility than they would have otherwise, but to what extent? This paper strives to characterize the unique role of the women of Sparta during the classical period of Greek history, especially as in contrast to their Athenian neighbors.