The Role Of Women And Women In Homer's Iliad

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In the ancient Greek civilization, men controlled women for the entirety of their lives. A father would govern his daughter until he chose a spouse for her and she would be handed off like property. In Homer’s Iliad, women are portrayed as objects and have little influence in society as they stay home while their husbands fight in battle. For a woman to have power she must take action herself, yet this was made difficult as the Greek culture frowned upon such behavior. Similarly, men in ancient Israelite civilizations were considered superior than women. However, in the Hebrew Bible, females are depicted as companions to their spouses rather than property. Although in both societies women are portrayed as inferior to men, women in Greek society are seen merely as possessions unless they themselves attempt to exert power while women in Israelite society are seen as partners to their husbands and possess a more influential role. In ancient Greek civilizations, females were not regarded as equal to men. This is evident throughout the Iliad, as the fate of both Greece and Troy is in the hands of primarily men. The wives of the heroes have no control over what the future holds for their family or their city. The Trojan prodigy, Hector, possesses every quality valued by the Greeks; he is a loving son, faithful husband, and resilient soldier. To uphold these ideals, it is essential that he is dominant in his marriage. Before Hector leaves for his duel with Ajax, his wife
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