Young girls in Ancient
Athens lived a good life; however they were not educated by the state, as this was not viewed as being necessary. This text, written by Sophocles, highlights rather well, how abruptly this innocent childhood ended upon
their marriage off to someone whom they often had no connection. While Sophocles
was a writer, who has many well known works, this work is not as well known. Thus
it is impossible to pinpoint the exact date. However, at the same time we do
know it would have been written between 490-406BCE when Sophocles died.
document compares the marriage of the daughters away to men whom they have no connection, to their sale. Just like at a sale it details how some end up in good homes while, others end up in not so good homes. Places where they could even be mistreated.
girls, I think, we lead the sweetest life of all mortals in our father’s house; for innocence always keeps children
in happiness. But when we reach the age of marriage we are thrust out and sold
away from our parents some to strangers, some to barbarians, and some to a hostile one.”
(Sophocles, 490-406 BCE)
Once again it demonstrates
that in Ancient Athens, contrary to in Sparta women were property. They
were first property of their father, and then after that they became the property of their husbands, and if their husband
died before they did, they would then become property of their sons. (Blundell,