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Aristotle’s Interpretation of Spartan Women – Written March 1, 2004

In Aristotle’s Politics, Book 2, Chapter IX, Aristotle makes a clear connection between the dominant role of women and Spartan society as having a connotation of lawlessness; at the same time, Aristotle’s other statements about women show his slant towards women. At the same time, his ideas about Athens and Athenian government being superior to all others completes a philosophical circle supporting his belief that females are not superior to males and, sometimes, the inabilities of women and the inferiority of females. Aristotle attributes Lycurgus the Lawgiver’s Constitution’s success to Lacedaemonian men, because they were soldiers, they were disciplined and willing to follow whatever orders their superiors decided to give. The women, however, protested Lycurgus’ orders and were hence not governed under the same laws as the men. Aristotle sees this as disadvantageous for many reasons: half the city of Sparta is ungoverned, women can easily achieve dominance over men (unheard of in Athens), and that the constitution and the ideas of Lycurgus set Sparta up to be the armpit of Greece.




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