SPARTAN WOMEN

       
As opposed to the secluded women of Athens, Spartan women enjoyed enormous freedom.  They were trained in gymnastics and music, just as the men were.  Women could own property and did not forfeit the rights to their property to their husbands after marriage.  Spartan women did not wear the concealing clothes that women wore in every other part of Greece.  They went about in short, revealing dresses wherever they wished, whenever they wished.  Their husbands were their equals, not their masters.
         At the age of thirty Spartan men were required to take a wife.  On their wedding night, servants would shave the bride's head and dress her in men's clothing.  The groom would then sneak into the house where she lay and consummate the marriage.  Even after the honeymoon, Spartan men were only allowed to visit their wives under the cover of darkness.  This separation was designed to increase
procreation.

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A Young Spartan Girl