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Things that revealed that the lives of women in ancient times are far different in real from those shown in movies

The life of today’s women is far different from that of ancient Greece and Rome. Today, women are being granted scores of different everyday useful things that were not part of today’s life. It is more about daily useful things these days rather than freedom and rights.

Talesation has featured some real facts that will surely make you understand how it feels to be a woman in the ancient time period.

1. Having a conversation at the bath

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The hygiene level in ancient Rome used to be incredibly higher than that of other ancient cities. The beautiful ancient city of Rome was very well-developed with a good sewage system, bath, and public toilets that keeps the people away from catching illness and disease. The perks offered with such amenities were quite very doubtful as it was easy for people to become a victim of illness. That was a reason that the people living in ancient Rome were quite very mindful when going to public toilets or bathrooms.

Where everyone was mindful about such types of public places, it was also a good place for people for becoming a part of conversations. Roman women were very fond of going to bathrooms just for having a conversation, meeting their special ones, and listening to different stories.

2. Women were very hardworking

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Women who spend their lives in the period of Emperor Augustus were not easy ones. Women belonging to different social statuses had different rules. Women belonging to lower social status were not restricted to doing anything they did not want to do. They can do anything they want as per their wishes. They had to be equally hardworking as the men working in the fields. For example, women who lived in a town can become anything from a wife to wet nurse, a cook, an actress, hairdresser, a juggler, or even a dancer. However, women belonging to upper-class status were only for housekeeping.

3. Women can move out from home for 3 days

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In ancient times, there were three kinds of marriages which were under the law of archaic Roman which includes coemptio which is a marriage by purchase, and confarreatio which was a marriage between the people belonging to high-class Romans and Patricians.

The third type of marriage was usus which was by means of mutual cohabitation. According to this, a woman is recognized to be a legal wife of her husband if she is living at her husband’s place for one year. This marriage by usus has another fact that was if the woman has left her husband for three continuous nights in a year, she can avoid her husband by forming a legal control over her.

4. Marrying at the early age

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In ancient times, the roman girl gets married in her early twenties especially at the age of 12. But sometimes, the marriage has also taken place in the very early years. As per the archaic Roman law, the living oldest man is the head of the family and he can have control over his children.

The head of the family has the right to get their daughters and sons married even before reaching a particular age. However, the daughter owns the right if she didn’t want to marry a man with a bad character.

5. Even after the marriage, fathers were considered as the head

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In the times of the early Roman Empire, the fathers of the daughters were still considered as their heads and their husbands had no right to take legal control over them. Daughters were also used to be close and faithful towards their fathers even if things were going against their husbands. Also, the women were allowed to use their original surnames after getting married.

6. Women didn’t have their names

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In the ancient times of Roman, women didn’t have their personal names. Women were named after the clan they belonged to. They were usually named according to their birth order. If they were the third born they were known as Tertia meaning third. However, the newborn baby girls were named after the names of their fathers. For instance, Vipsanius’s daughter was named Vipsania.

Later, the daughters were named according to the name of the place they were born combined with the name of their father. Also, they were named according to the names of their mother or other relatives close to them.