For World History this quarter, we finally learned about Ancient Greeks! My sister and I have been so excited for this topic since we’re massive Percy Jackson fans. Ever since I read the whole series, I’ve been so excited to read about Ancient Greece and Greek gods and goddesses.
One lovely day, my mom, sister, and I had a discussion on Sparta and Athens. I particularly enjoyed this discussion! For me, Sparta is the place for soldiers and the sporty people. Athens is where the brainiacs and nerds hang out. After a while, we came across the lifestyle of Athenian women.
Back then, Athenian women were forced to marry someone they either don’t know or don’t like. They always had arranged marriages. Usually, the women marry at 15! Marrying at 15? That’s too young! Forced marriages? That’s even worse. What happens if the girl does not like the guy and she can’t do anything about it? Women didn’t have the chance to decide whom they want to marry. They just go with it and don’t go for what they want.
Athenian women didn’t have much rights either. They weren’t allowed to vote or run for government positions. They did have one power in their life which is in the house! Athenian women/wives are basically the queen of the house. Outside the house, men rule the world. Inside the house, men don’t have any control at all.
Obviously, boys were favored among girls. Boys were able to get education outside the house while girls had to stay in the house and do housework. This is basically favoritism. God does not value the boys over girls! He loves us all equally.
One thing that horrifies me about the Athenian lifestyle is that weak or injured children are left in deserted places to die. Parents also have the choice to either kill the baby if they have children already. That’s not fair and godly! Athenians are supposed to be wise and yet they are not practicing equality, love, and respect for lives.
Up to now, I think people look down upon the abilities of women. They usually think that women can’t do what men can do. They look down upon what women actually do at home. My mom has a lot of things to take care of or think about, but she still takes the time to teach me. I adore her for that! I still have a pretty difficult time handling three things all at the same time!
If you think that women can’t do what men can do because we’re smaller and “fragile”, we can prove them wrong!
My mom recommended Proverbs 31:10-31 for me to read after this. I must say, it’s good! It shows me the things that a woman does in a household. It also shows me that every task, big or small, is extremely important. We should commit ourselves to what we have to do. We should be godly in what we do and do everything glorifying God! Learning about Greece not only made me learn about their lifestyle, but it also made me think about the roles of women in our everyday lives until today.