Women of Ancient Rome and China Essay

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Women of Ancient Rome and China

Women in ancient Rome and China were very different but quite similar as for as their treatment and roles were concerned. In both cultures they were under the protection of their fathers until they married. When they married they were to stay home and be wives, they were not formally educated and learned to manage their households. They were not allowed to disgrace their families in any way and were inferior to men from the moment of birth. Chinese women whether from a noble or a poor family could not escape oppression, but it was somewhat easier for the women from Noble families. (8) Comparing the women of Ancient Rome (750BC – AD500) and the women of China (350BC – AD600), from the roles they played in
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She was expected to give physically financially and emotionally to her family at all times. Roman aristocratic families expected women to have male children so they cold carry on the family name and also expected the wives to be perpetually pregnant. The women from the lower classes did not have to have as many children due to the financial situation of raising a large family. They were expected to work outside the home to help support them. If a roman man decided to expose of a female baby he was allowed to do so and the woman had no choice but to allow it. The reason for this was that girls could not carry on the family name and a dowry was expected of them when they married. (4)
In Ancient China the father of the woman decided who that his daughter would marry. There was no agreement between the two fathers. The father would talk with an astrologer who had a birth chart on every child. By looking at the time and date of their births he would then decide whether or not they would be compatible for one another. The father when then make the decision whether they would marry, the daughter’s thoughts and opinion’s did not count.(9) The woman was required to be completely devoted to her husband. After the marriage a Chinese women was expected to bow to her new in-laws and offer them tea. This showed them that she now belonged to her husband’s family. It was required of her to obey her new

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