University of Manchester - Greek women had equal power

June 12, 2008

Women, as well as men, held positions of power in Ancient Greece by right of birth, according to new research from the University of Manchester. A team of researchers tested ancient DNA from a high-status, male-dominated cemetery at Mycenae, identifying what they believe is a brother and sister buried together in a richly endowed grave, suggesting that the female had as much power as the male.

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