Social Institutions of Ancient Greece
3/20/09 1:56 PM
Earlier generations of historians have lauded the Greeks for the development of democracy and their extraordinary cultural achievements. More recent developments in economic, social and feminist approaches to history have tempered that praise by criticizing the Greek culture for their subjugation of women and an extensive slave population. A closer investigation reveals a far more nuanced picture of complex social relations and institutions. When viewed within the context of these institutions the position of most women and many slaves was actually better than we are often led to believe.