Ancient Greek People Life: The husband in Greek homes was the head of the household, but the wife ran the household and supervised the slaves. Most Greek parents arranged the weddings for their children.

Role of men and women in ancient Greek society:

The Greeks did feel that men and women were very different and naturally opposed to each other. Men, in the Greek view, were rational, thinking, stable, normal creatures, while women were irrational, hysterical, and dangerous.

ancient Greece wedding

Men ran the government and spent a great deal of their time away from home. When not involved in politics, the men spent time in the fields, overseeing or working the crops, sailing, hunting, in manufacturing or in trade. For fun, in addition to drinking parties, the men enjoyed wrestling, horseback riding, and the famous Olympic Games. When the men entertained their male friends, at the popular drinking parties, their wives and daughters were not allowed to attend.

Ancient Greek People Life

Lives of Women in Ancient Greece were closely tied to domestic work, spinning, weaving and other domestic duties. They were not involved in public life or in politics. The Ancient Greek People Life was normally quite confined to the house although one public duty was acting as a priestess at a temple. On bright, sunny days, the women probably sheltered under a covered area of their courtyard as the ancient Greeks believed a pale complexion was a sign of beauty.

women of ancient Greece

School life of children/kids in ancient Greece:

Many children wanted to go to school but couldn’t go. Only those children of citizens could participate in school. The majority of the people who attended school were boys. Not many girls received the education.

In Athens, subjects were taught at different schools. There was one for general studies, one for music, and one for physical education. In general studies, reading, writing, and arithmetic were taught. In music, students learned how to play ovals or a lyre. In physical education, they ran, jumped, and wrestled.

School in Ancient Athens

Religion in ancient Greece:

The ancient Greeks were deeply religious people. They worshipped many gods whom they believed appeared in human form and yet were endowed with superhuman strength and ageless beauty.

Ancient Greek occupations/jobs/past times/food:

The majority of Ancient Greek people made their living from farming. Citizens often had landed outside the city which provided their income. The Greek landscape and climate were difficult to farm. Ancient Greeks usually ate bread (barley or wheat) and porridge, accompanied with food such as cheese, vegetables, fish, eggs, and fruit.

An animal such as deer, hare, and boars was hunted only as an addition to the food supply. Seasoning usually involved coriander and sesame seeds. Honey was probably the only sweetening that existed at the time, importance this is shown as the beehives were kept in terracotta.

food of greece

Houses in ancient Greece:

Greek houses, in the 6th and 5th century B.C., were made up of two or three rooms, built around an open-air courtyard, built of stone, wood, or clay bricks. Larger homes might also have a kitchen, a room for bathing, a men’s dining room, and perhaps a woman’s sitting area.

greek houses

Most meals were enjoyed in a courtyard near the home. Greek cooking equipment was small and light and could easily be set up there.The Ancient Greeks also played games that did not involve much physical activity also, such as marbles, dice, checkers, and knucklebones. Below is a famous case from the Vatican museum depicting Achilles and Ajax playing ‘Petteia’ checkers.