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by Archaeology Newsroom

The role of women in Byzantium. The social identity of the sex and everyday reality

The presence, role and activity of women in Christian Byzantium are directly connected with the ethical code of values of the Church, the general ideology of the period, and the institutions and structure of the society, which was clearly a patriarchal one. The dominant role of men in the family and their easier access to education, political power and production made women inferior. The role played by women in the society and economic life of Byzantium depended on their education, temperament and social status. However, according to historical sources, there were some women, mainly of the upper class, who managed to break the wall of insolation and silence and play an important role in the fortunes of the state.