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The Social Roles of Men, Women, and Slaves in Athenian socie
Transcript of The Social Roles of Men, Women, and Slaves in Athenian socie
Children in Ancient Athens
Details and More Information
Residents of Athens
Who are they?
Quick Information on Men & Women
Girls often got married in their teen years, to a man that her father had picked for her to marry. The wealthier your family was the earlier you got married. There also was a wedding. After being married the woman was expected to have a baby. You could get a divorce, but it was usually the men enforcing it, not the women.
Some "Fun" Facts
Women in Ancient Athens:
Some More Information:
Metics & Slaves:
http://www.venere.com/blog/5-fun-facts-about-athens-8763/ & http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/ancient_greeks/athens/
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Men were given the most responsibilities and were considered the most important people in Ancient Athens. He was in charge of the family and the house. Only men had the chance to engage in public events and politics. They also were allowed to join the Olympic games. Most of the men worked as businessmen or farmers during the day. They were treated with great respect at home. At dinner they laid on the couches and were fed and entertained by their slaves, while the women and children ate in a separate room.
Slaves had no legal rights and no citizenship rights. Slavery was a necessary institution in Athens. Slaves were
of their owners and could be bought and sold whenever. Slaves had many jobs. From working in the home to working outdoors in the fields and entertaining.
A Metic was a resident born outside of Athens including their parents. Metics did actually have to join the military and pay taxes but they didn't have voting privileges. If you were a Metic you could also not own land, which was extremely crucial in Athenian society.
So you're thinking of becoming a citizen, right? Well there's a few things you need to know.
In order to be a citizen your parents had to be born in Athens including yourself. Only male citizens were allowed to vote and govern the city, only if you finished your military service age at 20. Women were not obligated to participate in Athenian democracy.
If you weren't born in Athens then you were not able to become a citizen.
So you wanna be a Citizen?
In Ancient Athens if you were a Metic you were a resident (not a citizen) who had been born outside of a city-state. You had less rights than that of a citizen in Athens. You could not own land, you could not vote, and you could not become a potential citizen.
Being a Metic...
Slaves had it much worse than the Metics, because they were owned by the city-state or a private citizen of Athens. A lot of the slaves were people who had been take prisoner by Athenians. And if you were a slave you could definitely not become a citizen.
Slaves part in Ancient Athenian society
Men in Athens
Women in Athens
In this presentation we'll be telling you about the social groups in Ancient Athens. There are a few different Social Roles and Groups. Let's go!
The Social Roles and Groups of Men, Women, and Slaves in Athens
When boys turned 18 they were practically forced into the army. After serving 2 years in the army they were finally considered adults. They were allowed to vote, shop at the 'agora' & discuss politics. But sports were still an important part in their lives.
As children the boys did running, boxing, wrestling, javelin & discuss throwing, it was an important part of their education. As for women, well that's a different story.
The women's lives in Athens were mainly focused onto the home. The girls were taught household skill like, spinning, weaving, and taking care of the children. The women did not go to school and were not able to participate in voting or anything to do with the government. The richer the family you were in the less freedom you had. If you were poorer then you had to do more house work, and that involved shopping, and getting water which were good opportunities to meet new friends.
An Agora (also known as a marketplace)
Athenian Social Groups
As a woman in Ancient Athens you did not have as much privileges as men. You were not allowed to go to events such as the Olympics or engage in politics. Since they spent a lot of time in the house their most important tasks would be running the household and managing the slaves. If you weren't as wealthy and didn't have slaves then you had to do all of the housework. Including going to the marketplace or working outside. In order to go to the agora you would have to have a male escort to take you. Also if you had a court matter you would have to have a male representative.
Athens is one of the oldest named cities in the world, it's been inhabited continuously for over 7000 years.
Slaves where often treated fairly by their masters, and could be freed.
The Agora in Ancient Athens was an open space, free to the public used for assemblies and markets.
Acropolis means high city ("
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). It's a sacred hill where Ancient Greeks built many temples to honor their gods.
The first Olympic games were held in 776 BC.
Thanks for watching our presentation, we hope it wasn't to boring...
Women in Ancient Athens
Men in Ancient Athens
Slaves in Ancient Athens
A Deme decree of Skambonidai deme, in the tribe of Leontis,
about the Synoikiai festival, in which metics also took part.