The Women That Were Cherished: Rethinking Misogyny In Classical Athens

Women near an altar. Interior from an Attic red-figure kylix, ca. 450 BC. From Vulci. (Wiki Commons)

Women in classical Athens lived restricted lives famously marked by lower legal status compared to their free male counterparts. Never the less, women were not universally treated as inferior humans unworthy of respect and dignity. Various evidence from classical Athens informs us of the high-value women held in families and in the city.