These women have aMaking cloth was one of the most basket full of woolimportant jobs for women in ancientGreece. This woman is spinning wool into a thread. a basket for wool a spindle to wrap the thread round weights to help the spindle spin
Women used a loom to weave the thread into cloth.Explore this painting of an ancient Greek loom. ? ? ? ?
Women used a loom to weave the thread into cloth.Explore this painting of an ancient Greek loom. vertical threads finished cloth rolled hanging down around a bar at the top bars to make it easier to weave loom weights to the horizontal keep the threads thread over and straight under the vertical ones How do you think an ancient Greek woman might feel when she hadThis loom weight has Athena’sowl on it. Athena invented finished a new piece of cloth?weaving.
an old nanny – she may have been in the household for many years the mother – girlsa nanny – usually often got married asa slave young as 13 or 14, but were usually older when they had children
Some girls went to school or were Girls were also taught music andtaught at home. The woman in dance. The Muses were femalethis painting is reading from a goddesses of music, dance andscroll. literature.
The women on these Athenian pots are entertaining men at a drinking party.The woman on the left is a dancer. The woman on the right is playing the pipes.Athenian free-born women were not allowed go to drinking parties, so these womenmust either be slaves or foreigners living in Athens. Why do you think free-born Athenian women were not allowed to go to drinking parties with the men?
When somebody died in the family, the women prepared the person’s body forthe funeral. They cut their hair short, wailed and sang laments, scratched attheir bodies and beat their heads. It was usually women who visited the grave of the dead person to make offerings of oil, water and special cakes.
This young woman is running in a short tunic. She is probably from Sparta, where women did exercise to keep fit so they would have healthy children.These two young women are playing agame of knucklebones.It was like our game ‘jacks’.
Whatthe two strange objects are metal tripods, which were often given asClue: do you think these women are doing?gifts to the gods The women are wearing fine long dresses, a headband and a crown. an ox an ox a garland of flowers a garland of flowers The two bulls are going to be sacrificed to a god. The women have the important job of decorating them to show they are special.
Here is another sacrifice. Can you find:• the ox and the altar where it is going to be sacrificed?• the priestess carrying on her head a basket with the sacrificial knife in it?• the statue of the goddess Athena?
Here is another religious festival. Can you spot:• some women dancing?• the priestess at the altar?• the high priestess or goddess on her throne?This is probably a festival to help make the grain seeds grow and produce food.Why do you think ancient Greek women had such importantjobs to do in connection with worshipping the gods?
These Athenian women are fetching water from the public fountain. Womenspent most of the day in the house with the other women in their own householdand with the children and the slaves. Carrying water was a heavy and tiring job. Look at the picture. Can you think of reasons why Athenian women might have enjoyed going to fetch water?
Find out more about ancient GreeceVisit the main Museum websitewww.britishmuseum.orgUse Explore to look at some of our objectswww.britishmuseum.org/explore/introduction.aspxLearn more about the lives of Greek women and menwww.ancientgreece.co.uk