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CLST 100 Lecture Notes - Fraternities And Sororities

Classical Studies
Course Code
CLST 100
Christina Zaccagnino

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Athenian women only left the house on specific occasions (ex. Funerals)
If a family was very poor, the women had to work
Rite of passage for young girls had to be performed at the sanctuary, as once
they got their period they were considered “polluted” and could not go into
the sanctuary
Classical Wedding
The bride is always given together with gifts, but the rules about these gifts
can be very different
The bride is given to the husband in his house in order to ensure a succession
The dowry is not given to the household, but remains a possession of the wife
until it is passed to her sons
The houses of the wife and the husband are not tied, there is a kinship
between them, not just an alliance
Bridal preparations included bathing, and being dressed by her companions
In some cases there was a wedding procession using chariots, and the
mother-in-law would be waiting for the bride
Main role of the wife was to bear and raise children
Greek houses had areas for women, and areas for men
To be a good weaver was very important for women (working wool)
Thigh protectors were used when working wool
There was no running water in houses, so women had to go to wells in the
If more water was needed they would go to the fountains
Concubines= pallakai
Courtesans= hetairai
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