Spinning and weaving held considerable symbolic and economic importance for women. In the *Gortyn Law Code (3. 17) a woman who was widowed or divorced could keep half of what she had woven in the marriage. Women took pride in men's praise of their skills (e.g. Hom.Od. 2. 104–5, 117; 19. 241–2; Pl.Resp. 455c) and to ‘keep the house and work in wool’ was also a typical way of praising a woman after her death (epitaph of Claudia, 2nd cent.
In the empire, the strong gender connotations of spinning and weaving weakened; most weaving was done by men, although women were still clothes-makers and menders.Less
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