gened exam # 1 B

gened exam # 1 B - Will Cramer October 16, 2007 GenEd Bond...

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Will Cramer October 16, 2007 GenEd Bond Women of Sparta Vs. Women of Athens The women of Sparta were proud of who they were and what they achieved. When a woman outside of Sparta approached King Leonidas’ wife, Gorgo, and said, “You Laconian women are the only ones who control your men” she replied, “That’s because we’re the only ones who give birth to men.” (Pg. 23 “Greek Lives, Plutarch) While in Athens, known as the home of Democracy, women could not own anything, including property. Plutarch makes the case that the Spartan women have much more of central role in society then the women of Athens. In Sparta the women controlled nearly every aspect of the community, other than the military. While in Athens, women were basically second class citizens. No second class citizen has more freedom than a women who can run their city-state while their men are at war. When Lycurgus was founding the principles of Sparta that would be followed for nearly 500 years old, he didn’t forget about his women. “He instigated a tough regimen of physical
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