Worst Science Article of the Week: Did Women Wield Power in Greece 3,500 Years Ago?

The researchers’ study and their subsequent news release were tempered in their enthusiasm, saying that the find showed that Greek women from that era may have been able to achieve high social status—if they were born into a powerful family. Previously, they said, they thought women could only ascend to any kind of influence my marrying a wealthy man. The Observer, however, wrote that find elevated the status of Mycenaean women from little better than servants to places where they “often played key roles in running affairs of state.”

That’s overstating things by quite a bit, according to MIT ancient historian William Broadhead. “The presence of a brother and sister in this grave instead of a husband and wife actually changes little,” he told DISCOVER. “I would expect all the women in an imperial court to be buried in more or less similar fashion, regardless of any formal or informal power they might have wielded while alive.”

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  1. Davout Says:

    Only in feministworld can one dead woman in a grave next to another dead man allow one to presume:
    A. this was the result of that female having status.
    B. the majority of other females also had status.

    Perhaps the dogs here also possessed status equal to men ya know cos they were buried with men?

  2. Davout Says:

    Only in feministworld can one dead woman in a grave next to another dead man allow one to presume:
    A. this was the result of that female having status.
    B. the majority of other females also had status.

    Perhaps the dogs here also possessed status equal to men ya know cos they were buried with men?

  3. Davout Says:

    Only in feministworld can one dead woman in a grave next to another dead man allow one to presume:
    A. this was the result of that female having status.
    B. the majority of other females also had status.

    Perhaps the dogs here also possessed status equal to men ya know cos they were buried with men?

  4. Mr Zopo Says:

    Sometimes I think women weren’t made to have too much power, it seems like they can’t handle it very well, either they do nothing or they abuse their power.

  5. Mr Zopo Says:

    Sometimes I think women weren’t made to have too much power, it seems like they can’t handle it very well, either they do nothing or they abuse their power.

  6. Mr Zopo Says:

    Sometimes I think women weren’t made to have too much power, it seems like they can’t handle it very well, either they do nothing or they abuse their power.

  7. Artfldgr Says:

    ah… anyone care to go toe to toe with Livia Drusilla? she was much like churchills mom…

    or how about toe to toe with Agrippina the elder?

    Agrippina the younger who maried claudius was a pip too.

    yes i know thats rome…

    but the point is that this kind of ‘science’ is crappy ideological stuff like lysenkoism.

  8. Artfldgr Says:

    ah… anyone care to go toe to toe with Livia Drusilla? she was much like churchills mom…

    or how about toe to toe with Agrippina the elder?

    Agrippina the younger who maried claudius was a pip too.

    yes i know thats rome…

    but the point is that this kind of ‘science’ is crappy ideological stuff like lysenkoism.

  9. Artfldgr Says:

    ah… anyone care to go toe to toe with Livia Drusilla? she was much like churchills mom…

    or how about toe to toe with Agrippina the elder?

    Agrippina the younger who maried claudius was a pip too.

    yes i know thats rome…

    but the point is that this kind of ‘science’ is crappy ideological stuff like lysenkoism.

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