Interesting facts about the beautiful half of humanity.
Although women throughout history are fighting for their independence, even at present, full gender equality has not yet arrived. However, in the past things were different. Women in Rome, Greece, Egypt, India and China had many rights, restrictions, Hobbies and habits, about which we know practically nothing. Here are collected the most interesting facts about the ancient women that are not usually mentioned in history lessons, reports Rus.Media.
Roman girls had its own version of the Barbie doll. In Ancient Rome, girls married when they were only 12. Although their childhood was short-lived, as they played with toys. One of them was discovered during excavations in the late 19th century. Wooden doll found in the sarcophagus which belonged to a girl named Tryphaena Crepereia. Scientists have found out that she lived in the 2nd century C. E. in Rome. The doll has some resemblance to a modern Barbie, but at the same time, it is far from perfect size too rounded belly and wide hips. In the sarcophagus was found a little box full of clothes for this doll.
Ancient Egyptian women had an equal right to the throne. Egypt was more democratic than many other ancient kingdoms. The main proof of this is the fact that any child of the ruler could inherit the throne. Rights of men and women was almost equal, while in other States would dominate the first. Moreover, the family line in Ancient Egypt tradition was carried from the mother and not from father. It was because to prove to motherhood was much easier than paternity, after DNA tests in those days were not available.
Greek women had the right to divorce. In ancient times, women in Greece were not considered full citizens, and therefore did not have full rights and freedoms. But the divorce was still available. If a woman wanted to divorce her husband, all she needed was any male who could issue the transaction on its behalf. But if I wanted to leave her husband, he needed to put the woman out of his house.
Ancient Egyptian women held a high religious office. Women never usually took part in religious administration. And yet Ancient Egypt was no exception. Women could hold the position of “God’s wife”, which has been associated with various deities. This is the most prestigious of them was the “wife” of the God Amon-RA. It was an honorary title given to the woman who helped the high priest in the ceremonies. First get him a girl of any status, but later this privilege was available only to noble persons. In addition, these women were ordinary Housewives, they often spent time among the nobility. There are artifacts depicting them professional musicians or dancers.
Roman women were educated. Women’s education in Ancient Rome remains quite a controversial issue. Most girls were taught only the basics of reading and writing. Still, some families wanted their daughters received a broader knowledge, so they hired private Tutors for advanced lessons. It was believed that a competent and interesting wife are then able to have more influence in society.
Greek women played in “stones”. Women in Greece loved to spend time for different games, but the most popular among them was the knucklebone game that is known under the name “pebbles”. Girls take a few figures (usually 5-6) and tossed into the air. Then had to catch them before they touched the ground. In the Greek “stones” shapes were made in the form of animals and were made of ivory or bronze.
Roman girls wore a bikini. In the mosaics of the 4th century ad, found in Sicily, the Roman girl was a picture of something very similar to a modern bikini. And they looked very modern! It’s amazing how progressive were the Romans of the era.
Roman women loved to play sports. Mosaic proves that Roman women were also fond of sports. The prototype of the modern dumbbells depicted on them, looks really impressive. Thus, women in Ancient Rome had plenty of options to spend time and leisure.
Chinese woman could leave her husband if she talked too much. A resident of Ancient China had almost no rights and were usually considered the property of her husband. Marriages are arranged by professional matchmakers, so a woman usually first seen her husband only during the marriage. At the traditional ceremony, the groom’s parents usually sat, and the bride was dressed in a red dress and blue handkerchief, which gave her mother-in-law. A husband could divorce his wife for failing to bear a son, infidelity, lack of parental blessings, theft, infectious diseases and even for long-winded conversations.
Indian women were able to choose their own men. In our days in India are still prevalent marriages by appointment. But in ancient times women had equal rights with men. For example, she was able not only to choose a husband, but to marry when you want. Indian women have also received a good education, including could study the sacred Vedas.