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Oxford Readings in Greek Religion p. Faith, Hope and Worship: aspects of religion in the ancient world p. Festivals and Mystery Cults: R. Buxton, , pp. Goldhill, S. Athenian Drama in its Social Context, eds. Winkler and F. At age seven, she might start attending a girls' school, but only long enough to acquire literacy and numeracy. In various Greek cities, she might be considered ready for marriage by age 14 or even The poet Sappho ca.

Marrying young, women bore children young and died young. Medical examination of extant skeletons from ancient Greece suggest that women typically died around age 36, having borne an average of four children. The estimated life expectancy for men was 45, but since husbands might be 20 years older than their wives many wives must have survived their husbands and remarried.

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At Classical Athens and elsewhere, a woman's inheritance would legally pass to her new husband's hands at her remarriage, and so heiresses and widows were in great demand. The oppression of women seems to have lightened somewhat in the changed world of the Hellenistic Age around — BCE. The royal court of Alexandria 1 , Antioch , and Pella created a breed of rich, ruling-class women who were able to influence public and cultural life.

These royal examples probably created new opportunities for other women—at least for wealthy citizen women. A surviving public inscription from Cyme honors a certain Archippe for her public donations BCE , while papyrus documents from Ptolemaic Egypt show women to have been active as lessors, creditors, and debtors much more so than at Athens in prior centuries. Relatedly, Hellenistic culture placed a new, greater value on female intelligence and sexuality. The Athenian philosopher Epicurus ca. Female beauty reemerged as an ideal for painters and sculptors—most famously in the Athenian sculptor Praxiteles ' celebrated nude statue of the goddess Aphrodite mids BCE.

In literature, poets such as Apollonius ca. Mary Lefkowitz and Maureen Fant, eds.

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