The daily life of the Athenian women(classical period)

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The daily life of a house wife would involve supervising the household tasks and slaves for the day, the care and raising of any children, making clothing and any other items the house needed for daily running, and, of course, waiting for her husband to come home much later. While her life focused on the smooth operation of her house, his life centered mostly outside the house. This was her only sphere of influence and even that could be over-ruled by her husband if he wished.

Despite the lack of control, citizen wives were respected and sheltered. Well-to-do women did not have to work and could pass the day in leisure while slaves did the labor necessary to keep the house running. Wives were the only females that could give legitimacy to off-spring and confer citizenship to children (as opposed to being resident aliens).

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