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Unformatted text preview: At age seven, the boys left women’s quarters but the girls remained there and began to learn the skills and conventions of becoming women childcare, preparation of food (women didn’t cook meat women, who gave to birth to life shouldn’t kill lives) like pastries and vegetables, SKILL OF WEAVING so that they could make clothes, curtains, table cloths Wool from sheep sent to polis householders, and the women would turn wool to various products of cloth e.g. peplos, a piece of cloth that got turned into a dress roughly three pounds of wool, had to be cold and clean one pound in four days, twelve days for three pounds ready to be spun, threaded into cloth weights shaped like owls (birds scared to the goddess Athena) to hold steady the cloth four days to set up the loom six months to complete the piece of cloth Wrestling characteristic of activities of aristocratic men, weaving of women Once reached the age of eleven to fourteen arkteia, a ritual of preparing them to turn from girls to women the goddess of Artemis, the goddess of hunting and childbirth and childhood girls had to go to Brauron (Artemis’s sanctuary) and play the she-bear the two-day festival took place every four years girls dressed in peplos and engaged in races, ball-playing, and that night they stayed in temple of Artemis that looked like a cave and played the she-bears by hibernating told the facts of life the next day they took off the robes and changed into a peplos that went down to the ankle upon returning home their status now changed from kore (girl) to parthenos (virgin, young women of marriage age) the father, in the role of kyrios, could now engage daughter to man that he thought the best suited for the daughter Aristocratic women, too, received education, the primary stage starting at age seven at home simple reading and writing skills age of eleven secondary: grammar and literature eleven-fifteen: education cut short due to preparation of marriage unlikely to go on tertiary stage Stoic view of women receiving education: Musonius Rufus yes, women should be educated the way men were educated looking to animal world: male and female animals all trained alike, since male and female...
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This note was uploaded on 02/12/2009 for the course REL 121g taught by Professor Hock during the Spring '07 term at USC.
- Spring '07
- The New Testament