Women In Alexandria And Pompeii

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Compare and Contrast One Aspect of Two Roman Cities

During …. , women in the Roman Empire …. Egypt’s capital, Alexandria, was a city with a population of … thousand people, while the Italian city of Pompeii had a population of …. thousand. To examine the role of women in Roman society, I will need to investigate the literature that survived from the period. This essay will compare and contrast the role of women in Alexandria and Pompeii.

The Roman Empire regarded males higher than they valued female children, with a daughter’s chances of being reared being less than her brother’s . If a father decided his new-born daughter was not to be reared, there was no law to prevent him from offering it to the Gods by exposing the child on a mountain, leaving the child to die, in hope that it would be rescued by a wealthy family or raised in service1. The sex ratio found from the tombstones in both Alexandria and Pompeii showed that …(more in favour of males?!), which indicates that selected infanticide occurred, with more males reared than females. Had effective contraception been available, this may have been a more suitable (ethical) solution to family planning for Roman families.
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Women from wealthy families were expected to learn how to run a household. In addition, they were expected to know how to spin and weave, since it was seen as a part of the traditional allegiance to the
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