Greeks And Romans Essay

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History 202 Dr. Vivian 11/2/09 Greeks and Romans There were quite a bit of legacies the Greeks and the Romans passed on to the western civilization. The men and women lived lives that were completely different from each other; their rules of behavior were harsh. One of them was the way they treated their women, they believed that women were useless and only good for cleaning, cooking and having children. They were not allowed to go out in public, unless they were a slave or a woman of high class because they believed that women could not refuse being seduced. They also were not allowed to speak their mind and could not participate in legal rights. A majority of the women got married at a young age to men who were about ten years older than them (Levack, pg. 79). One of the great influences the Greeks and the Romans had on the west was slavery. They did not look at slavery to be wrong but instead they looked at it to be normal, slavery begin to increase dramatically around 600 B.C.E. The Greeks and Romans were able to get a lot of their slaves because of the Persian Wars. The slaves were required to follow many regulations such as they could not vote or participate in any type of political or legal rights. They also could not become citizens, the owner of the slave could kill them and without having to pay a serious penalty, they could also command sexual favors from their slaves. Many of the slaves they had worked in the police force or were talented artisans and some of them were businessmen (Leavack, 81). The Greeks and the Romans begin to struggle with each other because of their different culture. After the Macedonian war took place the Romans tried to get rid of the Greek philosophers because they were afraid that the culture of the Greek’s would interfere with the Romans traditional value. They also wanted to stay conservative to their traditions of

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