Reese Askins and Rachel Fairchild: Roman Women

Reese’s paragraph

Women living in Ancient Rome lived simple but important lives.  During the day, most women stayed indoors and maintained the household. Most Roman girls were married by the age of fourteen, if not earlier.  If they were wealthy, they had slaves that helped them. Another job that a Roman Woman was expected to do was teach the children.  Maintaining their house and teaching their children was the main job of any woman that lived in Ancient Rome. Another aspect of life for women was the way that they dressed. Most women wore a rectangular piece of cloth that tied around them like a tube, called a tunica. Another article of clothing, called a stola, was worn by married woman and worn over the tunica. This was seen as a sign of respect. Colors and fabrics used in each tunica was a symbol of the woman’s social class. Brighter colors usually meant a lower class, and darker colors usually meant a higher class. Although they led simple lifestyles, Roman Women still played an important role in Roman society.

 

Sources:

“Romans: Family and Children.” BBC News. BBC, n.d. Web. 22 Apr. 2015.

“Women’s Daily Life and Work in Ancient Rome.” Women in Ancient Rome: Women’s Daily Life and Work. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Apr. 2015.

“ROMAN FASHION.” ROMAN FASHION. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Apr. 2015.

“Ancient Roman Women: A Look at Their Lives.” – Women’s Rights, Rome, Citizenship, Cornelia, Oppian Laws, Divorce, Aristocracy. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Apr. 2015.

 

Rachel’s paragraph

Women in Ancient Rome were very important to the civilization. Their main role was to take care of the household and children, and it was their most important responsibility to have children. Women could move about somewhat freely and participate in some public activities, but the center of their world was supposed to be household. Women had no political rights and they were not allowed to vote or make speeches. Women were indirectly involved in politics because of their influence on their husbands. They were forbidden to participate in politics and war, which were the two central activities of the Roman state. Women did not serve in the army, and it was considered improper for a woman just to watch military maneuvers. Men did not consider men their equals, and women were expected to be obedient to their husbands. They were supposed to be modest, show self-control, and always remain faithful. The finest quality that a Roman woman could possess was pudicitia, which, for an unmarried girl meant purity, and for a wife meant faithfulness and devotion to her husband. The women of Ancient Rome played a very important role to society.

 

Cites:

Moulton, Carroll. Ancient Greece and Rome: An Encyclopedia for Students. New York: Scribner, 1998. Print.

“Ancient Roman Women: A Look at Their Lives.” – Women’s Rights, Rome, Citizenship, Cornelia, Oppian Laws, Divorce, Aristocracy. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Apr. 2015.

 

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