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by Archaeology Newsroom

Women in Byzantium

The opinion that a woman in Byzantium would spend her life in secluded isolation in the women’s quarters of the Palace or in her household, socially deprived and legally unprotected, like the other women of the East, is commonly accepted. There is no doubt that the conception and instructions of the Church Fathers, regarding women’s roles and status, dictated and imposed such an attitude in a male society. However, in later centuries, the effect that basic principles of Christianism had on equality also the relevant legislation, which weakened father’s authority in the family by transforming it simply to paternal protection helped women’s social promotion a lot.