In Ancient Athens, women were not treated equally to men and mostly only served as wives and mothers. Women were treated particularly poorly when it came to marriage, though they could own property under certain circumstances.Know More
Athenian women were like most women in ancient Greece. They had arranged marriages with no say in who they married. Instead of getting married, they were given in marriage by a male relative.
Women were not allowed to have careers or participate in politics. During the Olympics, they were allowed to have one small separate event to honor the Goddess Hera.
If a woman stopped being a man's wife and had no children with him, she would be allowed to own property and receive an inheritance. However, men kept these trading powers low so that women could not have a high position in Athenian society.Learn more about Ancient Greece
The ancient Olympics stopped because of a ban on pagan festivals by the emperor Theodosius I. Like other Christians, he saw the Olympic Games, which honored the Greek god Zeus, as an offense to his Christian religion.Full Answer >
In calling Athens "the school of Hellas" in his funerary speech after the first battles of the Peloponnesian Wars, Pericles was saying that Athens was the school of all of Greece. Hellas means "Greek," and is how the people of Greece refer to their country.Full Answer >
The ancient Greeks were polytheistic and believed in a pantheon of Gods, some of whom were more powerful than others. Though Zeus was the king of the gods, he was not omnipotent, and other deities controlled specific aspects of nature and human endeavor.Full Answer >
The ancient Greeks had a strong cultural influence on the Roman Empire, though the Romans did manage to take this influence and make it into something all their own. Greek influence on Roman culture is clear in areas such as religion, art and architecture, literature and philosophy.Full Answer >