The Position of Women in Athens in the Fifth and Fourth Centuries

  title={The Position of Women in Athens in the Fifth and Fourth Centuries},
  author={A. W. Gomme},
  journal={Classical Philology},
  pages={1 - 25}
It is a commonplace that, whereas in the Aegean age and in Homer the position of women was a noble one, in Athens of the classical period it was ignoble. For example: The best woman, according to the Athenian definition, is she of whom "least is said for either good or harm." . . . . In this respect the Athenians were far less liberal than Sparta and other Grecian states.' yvvaLKas, aS E,00oKo,UEV Kar OtKOV, a passage expressive of the contempt felt by the cultured Greeks for their wives.2 The… Expand
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