The myths of these cultures helps us to see exactly what those differences are. Homer believes the Sirens to be irresistible in order to establish men as heroes whereas Atwood depicts them as unsightly and pathetic so she can prove men are foolish and arrogant using imagery, diction, and point of view Any woman who did not preserve the honour of the family and so protect the legitimacy of the male line was guilty of the serious crime of moicheia which would lead to her being banned from practising in public religious ceremonies.
Athena, patron goddess of Athens, was worshipped throughout Greece for her warlike aspects, but she was also protectress of women"s work and crafts Spivey Women may have been thought to have far less worth than a man, however, their undeniable power and influence in Greek society cannot be overlooked.
Both goddesses are immortal and female, and both seem to distinguish the incongruous gender roles between men and women throughout ancient Greece. Women were mainly busy with taking care of their children and carrying out household duties.
As the play slowly unraveled, it plainly displayed that she was faithful towards her husband, but being an ideal Greek wife was not her factual nature.
This obviously portrays the women of Archaic Greece to be seen more strong and powerful, seeing as they do not need men to take care of them.
Women in Ancient Greece were thought of as second class citizens Women were also viewed to be less intelligent and less creative by nature.
Perhaps one of the most obvious symbolic figures of women"s role in ancient Greece were the Sirens.
Medea was married to the famous Greek hero, Jason, whom she left her homeland to live with. This concept explains and justifies why they thought that it was necessary for men to hold power over women.