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There is no doubt that the ancient (and modern) Greek cultures restricted the role of women in many ways. However, that doesn't mean there weren't strong women or places where women had some important role. Perhaps you might find a tour focused on such places to be inspiring. Here are some of the highlights.

The Areopagus in Athens was an encampment of the Amazons.

Amazons are depicted in art on the west metopes of the Parthenon.

The valley of the Muses is where nine goddesses inspired the arts.

Lesbos. Sappho. Of course.

There is a real place called Themiscyra on the Black Sea where female warriors were said to be from.

Amazon island (now Giresun island) in the Black sea with a black rock sacred to Amazons (who did exist, but not in the way you think).

The Thesmophoria festival that saw groups of women camping out for several days (and remains displayed in the Thebes museum).

The cult of Artemis at Brauron and its significant annual coming-of-age festival of young girls.

Delphi, the home of the Pythia, the oracle and a cave where women gathered, as well as depictions of Amazons on the Treasury of Athens.

And lots of stories of notable and strong women to tell ... more than you might suspect, some grim, some inspiring.

Some interesting ancient women to discuss:

Artemisia I or Caria - queen and commander of 5 ships for Persia.

The women in Plutarch's Virtues of Women (some would make great Game of Thrones episodes).

Aspasia of Miletus.

The surprisingly active women characters in Greek plays.

The Pythia at Delphi and women priestesses in general.

And women from independent Greece:

Kalliope Papalexopoulou - campaigner for a constitution.

Laskarina Bouboulina - Ship captain during the war for independence.

Maria Callas.

Melina Mercouri - campaigner for return of the Elgin Marbles.

Last modified 12/23/18; original content © 2018, 2015 John P. Nordin