The story of Medea is a good representation of what the women of those times had to go through. Medea herself says, “we women are the most wretched creatures: first we must buy a husband at too high a price, and then acquire a master of our bodies—an evil thing” (Euripides 1). Back in those day women were required to pay a dowry in order to get married. The husband could cheat and no one would think it was strange, but if a women was to ever get a divorce, she becomes unwanted and shamed by the community (Blundell 115). We still see remnice of this still in todays society, with a bride’s family being expected to pay for the wedding instead of the grooms, but our world has come a long way from the ways of ancient greek thought. Reading about the lives of ancient greek women puts a different perspective on Medea’s actions. Though what she did was still wrong, women had to go to great lengths to get married, and therefore seen as successful in society.
The First Femme Fatale?
This article tells the story of Medea from her perspective. It does not say the Medea is right, but she is not the only one who did wrong. They go over the double standard given to Medea and not jason and how being a strong smart women makes you a threat in a society that doesn’t want you to think.
Women in Ancient Greece
This article gives detail on different types of women within ancient greek society. All women, no matter how young or old, or rich or poor, and even human or goddess, had their separate set of challenges and their daily lives were either better or worse depending what category they fell into.
Women & The Family
This video goes over some of the rules and challenges women had in ancient Greece. It also goes over ancient Roman and Spartan women and compares their lives with those in ancient Greece.
Human Sexuality and Greek Culture
This site discuss sexuality within greek culture. It goes over the societies general thinking when it comes to those things and even, sexual orientation, childbirth, and marriage. There are some surprising facts in there like how the “greeks didn’t have a concept of homosexuality or heterosexuality”, it became a big deal when Christianity got popular (human sexuality and greek culture).
Ancient Greek (women) philosophers
Most women in ancient Greece were illiterate and expected to only please their husbands and bring them sons, but some women in ancient Greece were philosophers. Sadly a lot of their work is either unknown or loss, but the article explains the work of at least nine greek women philosophers.