Research Ramblings: Spartan Women Part 10

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 women did not wear ornaments, perfume, cosmetics, or gold.

Chalk this one up to Spartan austerity. The Spartans eschewed shows of wealth, and jewelry and makeup were luxury items. They did use mirrors though. They weren’t into embellishing their looks with face paint or baubles, but they still wanted to look good.

In contrast, Athenian men and women used perfumed oil on their skin and hair, at least the ones who could afford it. Women also lightened their skin with white lead and applied rouge. And they had no qualms about wearing jewelry.

Tune in next week for more about the Spartan women!


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