Presentation Title

The Religion of Ancient Greece with regards to the plight of Women

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Samuel Claussen

Start Date

17-11-2018 8:00 AM

End Date

17-11-2018 8:15 AM

Location

C305

Session

Oral 1

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

humanities_letters

Abstract

The society of ancient Greece functioned as a patriarchy. In this paper, I will argue that the Greek religion helped create a patriarchal social system. The religion kept women confined and forced to be second class citizens in a patriarchal society, their status equal to that of children. Using the literary works, myths, and epic poems of Ancient Greece, I will argue that the portrayal of the gods and goddesses reinforced the submissiveness and frailty of women. Athena for example, always sided with the men, Aphrodite was a fragile and promiscuous woman who only concerned herself with pleasure and Zeus’ infidelity legitimized the patriarchal institution of ancient Greece.

Summary of research results to be presented

Through the analysis of the various hymns, poems, myths, and stories depicting and Greek Gods and goddesses, it can be understood that the portrayal of the gods and goddess in Ancient Greece negatively impacted Greek women's role in society and furthered their plight within a patriarchal society and confirmed their submissiveness and frailty.

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Nov 17th, 8:00 AM Nov 17th, 8:15 AM

The Religion of Ancient Greece with regards to the plight of Women

C305

The society of ancient Greece functioned as a patriarchy. In this paper, I will argue that the Greek religion helped create a patriarchal social system. The religion kept women confined and forced to be second class citizens in a patriarchal society, their status equal to that of children. Using the literary works, myths, and epic poems of Ancient Greece, I will argue that the portrayal of the gods and goddesses reinforced the submissiveness and frailty of women. Athena for example, always sided with the men, Aphrodite was a fragile and promiscuous woman who only concerned herself with pleasure and Zeus’ infidelity legitimized the patriarchal institution of ancient Greece.