Cindy Zhang 1/4/13
While China and Greece were similar in their social aspects in that they were both hierarchal empires and favored the men oppose to the women, they differed because they believed in different philosophies and philosophers such as Confucius of China and Plato of Greece.
China and Greece are both hierarchal societies. Women were always considered inferior to men. Also in both societies, women were loyal to their family. The China had this law of filial piety where there are five different relationships including husband to wife where the wife was obedient and subservient to the husband. The Greeks also had the same tone towards women. The women of the household would stay at home, raise the children, cook, clean, etc. They always had to agree with the men and could not defy them. A Greek woman has no personal wants or desire and she respects her controlling and powerful husband. A Greek woman is very dedicated to her family and everything she does is most likely for them. For example: A Greek women would have to watch her figure and cannot eat much besides small pieces of bread soaked in wine regardless of how hungry she might be. This is because she needs to stay in shape for her husband and also for reproduction. This hierarchal society occurs because of the different contributions women and men contribute to the society. Since the Greeks were very dependent on trade and sustained on olives and grapes, men were more important to the society and survival.
As there are similarities between China and Greece, there are also major differences. Confucius, a well-known ancient Chinese educator, believed the gentleman class was wise and had good morals and virtues. Confucius also believed that everyone can be nurtured to become a leader. Confucius also had the idea of the “ren” meaning respect and “li” meaning virtuous. Confucius invested a lot of faith in his people. Confucius was more interested in the relationship of individuals and...