Women In Ancient Civilizations

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Women have always been viewed and looked at as the inferiors in the human’s life systems. Even though they are essential and have proven that they can be equal and sometimes superior to their male counterparts. This was a social idea that seems to be out there since the start of time. This is mainly because of the idea of how the women were viewed and treated in the start of the civilizations, especially the Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Persian, Assyrian and Greek empires. Their treatments and opinions toward women in the way they behave as mothers, workers, and wives. There is an old Arabic saying that of you teach one man you only teach one man, but if you teach a mother you are teaching a whole generation. They knew that thing in the old…show more content…
They were the ones who were most open minded to acknowledge the fact that women can work and take rank as they referred to the Kings mother as the highest rank and the head of the female members of the society and they used to have a lot of arashshara who are known as great chiefs, and they used to pay and give rations for families and used to take care of pregnant women. One other nation that allowed women to work is the Egyptian kingdom because as mentioned they allowed the women to own property and run them and take care of them and they were equal to men in those processes as they were independent which is a practice until today were Egyptian women do run the houses in region equivalent to the man and sometimes with greater control. This is unlike the other civilizations in the region especially like the Assyrian, Mesopotamian, and Greek empires as they didn’t allow women to work, and they only were only to stay home and take care of the houses and bare children but were not allowed to be involved in the work matters and only men used to have a saying in it. Which showed that the Persians were the most versatile empire to live in for the working women…show more content…
During the Mesopotamian and Assyrian empires “If a man divorce his wife, if he wish, he may give her something; if he does not wish, he need not give her anything. Empty shall she go out.” (Assyrian code, I37). Wish showed that wives had no or little amount of rights to protect them and if they had rights that were mentioned in a way that the husband will not get humiliated by them. The law allowed the men to beat their wives and punish them the way they wanted in the case of any mistakes, but nothing was mentioned as a punishment for the husband in case he did something wrong toward his wife ex. Adultery. The idea of a wife to be obedient and loyal to her husband at any cost was developed during those times. In other societies such as the Greek they had the same thoughts and ideas about the role of the women in it but in a more humane manner. The wife didn’t have the authority to tell her husband what to do, and she had to respect and follow all of his decisions but didn’t seem to be over controlling of women over there as it was considered a cultural practice rather than a law that did forbid the wife to do these things and if she doesn’t she shall be killed. The Persians and the Egyptians held high respects for their wives, and they considered them not like their property but as their assistance in jobs and family matters’ the king said to the
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