Ancient Greece: Don’t Let Women Ruin Your World
In modern society women are viewed as an active part of society receiving the same rights as men: the right to vote and to pursue any job they please. However, in Ancient Greece, the role of women was completely opposite: women had no role in politics, women with any wealth did not work, and they stayed inside running their households. Women in Ancient Greece received no rights, because they where viewed as inferior to men. The myth of the Golden Apple Contest demonstrates theses negative attitudes towards women and how just one women’s beauty caused fighting between two nations.
The Trojan War was supposedly started by the myth of the Golden Apple Contest, and how Helen provoked the men of both nations to fight over her giving her the nick name “The Face That Launched Thousand Ships.” The Golden Apple Contest is the story of Eris, goddess of discord, throwing an apple into the wedding of Thetis and Peleus. The Apple had “for the fairest” written on it making the goddesses Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite all fight over it. When Zeus refused to choose, they went to a mortal, Paris, to pick between them. Each of the goddesses tried to sway his judgment in her favor. Hera, goddess of marriage, offered a long life with a healthy wife and family. Athena, goddess of wisdom, offered him success on the battlefield. Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty, offered him the most beautiful woman in the world (Apple of Discord) Paris, being a strong young man, awarded the golden apple to Aphrodite to receive her prize of the most beautiful women. The most beautiful woman in the world at the time was considered to be Helen, who happened to be already married to Menelaos, King of Sparta. Paris ran off with Helen back to Troy, and thus provoked the Trojan War.
Women in Ancient Greece culture were inferior to the men due to the negative attitudes inflected towards them of being jealous, destructive and causing misery. As in the...