Consent and Rape Culture in Ancient Greece

The Rape of Proserpina, Hans von Aachen [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons   “Rape Culture is an environment in which rape is prevalent and in which sexual violence against women is normalized and excused in the media and popular culture.” – Marshall University Women’s Center   While it may not have been referred to as such … More Consent and Rape Culture in Ancient Greece

Midwives

The average married woman in antiquity was likely to have an average of four to six children, and with high infant mortality rates, ancient midwives would have done invaluable work. … More Midwives

Pregnancy & Childbirth in Ancient Greece

  As one might expect, childbirth in the ancient world was extremely dangerous. This was due partially to a lack of understanding about the female body, leading to societal assumptions about pregnancy and childbirth, as well as the use of potentially dangerous herbs. The Hippocratic writings A large portion of the written sources about women’s … More Pregnancy & Childbirth in Ancient Greece

Hetairai: The Ancient Athenian Courtesan

Overview This page explains the what, when and where of the Athenian Hetairai, and also clarifies the differences between the Hetairai and the other forms of prostitution in ancient Greece. Overall Prostitution in Ancient Athens Prostitution in ancient Athens was allowed to be practiced and completely legal, as long as the women were not official … More Hetairai: The Ancient Athenian Courtesan