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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If she gave birth to a boy she gained great respect from the family, if the wife did not have a son the husband would usually have other wives. (5)
In ancient Rome and ancient China men and women were expected to hold to the same standards of their social classes. Women were to always have a nice appearance and be very lady like while in public. (5) The women in Rome wore makeup and jewelry and their hair was always fixed. The women who had wealthy husbands would probably have spent the day planning a dinner party for guest. They would start the day by first praying to the shrine, and then they would have their slaves to start preparing dinner while they would do their hair, makeup and cloths so they could look beautiful for their husbands and dinner guest. If they were poor women there day was a lot different. They had to work everyday to help support the family and could not afford to have slaves. (3)
The women in china were not allowed to gossip, and their cloths were very important because it showed their status. They wore long tunics with a belt and usually a jacket. Their hair was long and it was considered to be disrespectful for them to cut it. Girls in The poor classes could be sold to be servants to the upper classes. If a woman was high in social status they were considered valuable in creating the marriage alliances for economic or political advantages. They still were not given any kind of power. (5)
In ancient Rome and