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They regard themselves as members of the family. Those who are called by their own name and their father' s are women of honourable birth who deserve consideration. Nausicaa sings and plays with her women. In the palaces a female housekeeper is placed at the head of the other servant-women in a position of trust ; but such situations are rare. While domestic service gave a living to a fairly large WORK OUTSIDE THE F AMILY 33 number of women, and a decent living to some, as a rule the rudimentary wage-system of Homeric times afforded the poor quite insufficient resources.
Your cursed belly gives you sore trouble when you roam, a prey to hardship and suffering. " For many the ordinary resource was mendi cancy. How many of these vagrants we see passing through the Odyssey, wan, lean, famished, and dirty ! They wander over the country, bent on their staff, with a p atched wallet over their shoulder. In the city they go from house to house, and wear out their backbones against the door-posts as they wait for the fragments of the meal to be thrown to them, or for leave to be given to walk round the table.
When the subordinate swineherds return from the pasture they expect a " plentiful meal. " The masters do not look too closely into these things ; the labourers must be kept in good condition. Dress was not at all an expensive matter. Before he is sent to the fields Eumreos is given a cloak of a she-goat' s skiri, a fine chiton, and good shoes. Later he owns a great cloak of wild-goat's skin for going out at night and another, longer and thicker, against the rain. He cuts himself sandals, from a cow's hide.
Ancient Greece at Work: An Economic History of Greece from the Homeric Period to the Roman Conquest (History of Civilization) by Gustave Glotz