Dbq Athens and China

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Both Han China and classical Athens shared many ideas bout governments, women, and children. The ideas weren’t exactly the same there were differences, like they didn’t have the same form of government and women had different right in both Han China and classical Athens. Even though there are differences between Han china and classical Athens involving women children and government, the similarities out way the differences. During both classical Athens and Han China women were thought of nothing much than a house wife. During classical Athens women could not leave there homes unless there was a religious festival, birth of a child, or funeral but have to have their heads covered. In Athens, women like slaves and resident aliens, had few rights under the law. “The courage of a man is seen in commanding, of a women is obeying” (Document Q). This was said by the student of Plato and the teacher of Alexander the Great, Aristotle one of the greatest philosophers. This idea, of women having to be subordinate to men, passed down from teacher to student is what caused it to spread worldwide (Document Q). In Han if women lack certain traits she will have no name to preserve and will not be able to avoid shame. For this not to happen women have to have three traits; humility, industriousness, and continuing the sacrifices. Humility means acting respectful, not talking about the good deed you have done, dealing with insults and mistreatment, and not denying you have done something wrong. Industriousness means doing your work well and without complaining, you go to bed late and wake up early. Also, throughout that time you’re working, you also do your work carefully and neatly. Continuing the sacrifices means serving ones husband (master), keeping one’s self clean and pure, never joking or laughing and preparing offerings to the ancestors. When a Greek child is born it
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