Women have a long history of emancipation, and even nowadays total gender equality is yet to come. However, in ancient times, things used to be quite different. Women in ancient Rome, Greece, Egypt, India, and China had many rights, limitations, hobbies, and habits that we are not completely aware of.
We at Bright Side have collected the most interesting facts about ancient women that are not often mentioned in history classes.
1. Roman girls had their own version of a Barbie.
In ancient Rome, girls used to get married when they were only 12. Although their childhood didn’t last long, they still played with toys. One of them, as was discovered at the end of the 19th century, was a wooden doll. It was found in a sarcophagus that belonged to a girl named Crepereia Tryphaena, and she lived in 2nd-century Rome.
As we can see, it has certain similarities with our modern Barbie. However, it lacks the ideal dimensions of a modern Barbie, having rather a rounded belly and wide hips. A little box full of clothes for dressing the doll was also found in the sarcophagus.