Aristocratic Women

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Seeing Roman wives of the upper classes out in public was definitely shocking in ancient Rome. Married women only appeared in public with their husbands or with a retinue of attendants. They participated in various activities such as shopping, festivals, sacrifices, games, and entertainment. They acted as hostesses and dined out, and were allowed to attended women-only social events. Many, if not all, Aristocratic women spent a great deal of time on personal grooming and beauty preparations. The “good wife” supervised the household and made sure her children were well-educated in Latin and in Greek culture, and steeped in the moral values of ancient Rome and the family's ancestors. Women who abide by these laws were also so called “matronas,” meaning respectable married woman. The most venerated "matrona" was the elderly patrician widow who had successfully raised children and advanced the family's name through high moral standards. In an economy of scarcity, idleness could not be tolerated. All women worked. The elite women ran their elite households; all the other women worked with their hands. In this arena, a woman had no rights of her own. A women's father had the right to give her in marriage to whomever he wished. Many of the famous alliances in Roman politics were partly based in marriage contracts. For instance, Julius Caesar married his daughter Julia to Pompey the Great, which created a bond between them that helped solidify the first triumvirate. Another example
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