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Girls and young women in West Asia

By |2018-04-25T23:58:00+00:00September 15th, 2017|People, West Asia|

An enslaved woman stands behind a free Elamite woman who is spinning (600s BC) In West Asia, even more than in most other state societies all over the world, men did not allow women to do all the things that men did. People valued women less than men. In Hammurabi's Code, from 1700 BC, there's a lower penalty [...]

St. Nicholas – Christian saints

By |2018-04-24T23:09:09+00:00August 22nd, 2017|Medieval, Religion, Romans|

Nicholas hands the purses through the window to the poor girls (Chartres Cathedral, about 1200 AD) St. Nicholas is a Christian saint who is one source for the idea of Santa Claus. According to the story, Nicolas was born in the Roman Empire (in modern Turkey) about 270 AD. This was a time when a lot of people were [...]

What is a dowry? History of marriage

By |2018-04-24T11:07:33+00:00August 16th, 2017|Economy|

Peleus, future father of Achilles, greets the guests at his wedding; the bride Thetis waits inside the house (Sophilos; British Museum, ca. 580 BC) Beginning about as far back as there are any written records, about 3000 BC, people exchanged money as part of a marriage. The custom is probably much older than that, even. [...]

Ancient Greek family – Family relationships in ancient Greece

By |2018-05-11T09:37:16+00:00July 11th, 2017|Greeks, People|

An ancient Greek family: two women playing with little boys Ancient Greek family Most Greeks, like most other people throughout history, lived in families with a mother and a father and their children. Usually men got married when they were about twenty-five or thirty years old (as they do today). But women got [...]