Women of the Ancient World

Women tend to be the forgotten people of ancient history. Learn about their role in ancient societies and discover the lives of individual women who stood out from the crowd.


  • The position of women in ancient societies: Egypt, Rome, Greece
  • Egyptian queens, Ahmose-Nefertari, Hatshepsut and Nefertiti
  • Greek poet, Sappho
  • Aspasia, the mistress behind the great man, Pericles
  • Boudicca who led her tribe, in battle against the might of Rome.
  • Agrippina, wife of Claudius and mother of Nero

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Identify issues surrounding the role of women in the ancient world
  2. Name significant women who belonged to various ancient societies
  3. Recognise the contribution that individual women made to the societies that they came from