Research Ramblings: Spartan Women Part 3

As noted in my January 9, 2014 post, the lives of Spartan women were completely unlike those of their Greek sisters, and I’m continuing my series on these differences with today’s fact:

Spartan wives did not live with their husbands.

Or at least they didn’t for the first several years of their marriages. Although most men married in their 20s, the military minded Spartans required their male citizens to live in the barracks until they were thirty. And while they were living in the barracks, they weren’t allowed to interact openly with their wives. Instead, couples were to orchestrate clandestine meetings, which supposedly increased their passion for one another and led to more vigorous offspring. So it was quite possible for a man to have fathered several children before he could be seen in public with his wife. This also meant that wives had quite a bit of autonomy in their households.

As you can probably guess, this was not the case everywhere else in Greece.

Tune in next week for more about the Spartan women!

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