Research Ramblings: Spartan Women Part 11

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 could own property.

In this case, property meant land as well as horses and household goods. Sparta did not mint its own coins, but its citizens sometimes used the currency of other city states, and I would guess Spartan women could own this money as well.

Athenian women could not own property. Any dowry that accompanied a bride was controlled by her husband. A woman might have been able to call small personal goods, such as a comb or cosmetics, her own, but that was about it.

Tune in next week for more about the Spartan women!

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