to be faithful to their husbands, but the reverse was not the case as husbands could freely engage the services of prostitutes, live-in lovers, and courtesans. This was a relationship between an adult and an adolescent which included sexual relations but in addition to a physical relationship, the older partner acted as a mentor to the youth and educated them through the elders worldly and practical experience. Women wore elaborate bracelets, necklaces, and earrings. If she was married to a man who was wealthy, she had slaves to do the heavy work, and she was able to take time to travel outside her home to visit friends and relatives. Children of citizens attended schools where the curriculum covered reading, writing, and mathematics.
After a woman had a baby, she would show it to her husband. These two authors depict the most constant view of women in ancient times. They had no rights and were at the mercy of their master or mistress. There was also the hetaerae class. Even though the women of ancient Greece were not important, the goddesses were especially Athena- goddess of wisdom, war, arts and crafts and the city of Athens. Men and Women's Roles, shopping, women, bACK TO greek main page. Again common to most ancient cultures where agriculture was crucial to the community, female fertility goddesses were extremely important and particularly venerated.