Women of the Ancient World
Focusing on women’s issues, and using authentic costumes, Tames describes what it was like to be a woman in three ancient cultures, Greece, Rome, and among the Celtic tribes of Britain.
The first part of this three-part program is called Drapery as an Art Form — Women as Property and deals with the freedom of women in ancient Crete vs. the virtual imprisonment of women in Classical Greece. Women were bought, sold, and traded and were fourth on the commodities market after land, horses, and cattle. Women’s education was limited to spinning, weaving, and taking care of children.
The second part of this program, The Matron of Society, talks about women of position in Ancient Rome. Her dowry helped advanced her husband politically, giving him sons advanced him socially, and she kept her ears and eyes open to give him any information that would help his career. Roman matrons had to be highly educated in order to understand the gossip they heard concerning politics, the lifeblood of the Romans.
The third part of this program, Women of Power, gives insight into a completely different culture of the ancient world — the Celts. The Celts were one of the few cultures to give women real power in all aspects of life — government, war, and religion. Women could rule, fight, or speak with the gods.