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What were women's roles in ancient Greek drama?  

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In one way, it would be possible to answer this question by saying that there were no female roles in Greek drama, because all characters, male and female, were actually played by male actors, albeit with female roles being played by men wearing female masks and costumes.

From another perspective, there were a range of female characters in Greek drama. One significant group were goddesses, who, like gods, were very powerful. There are several queens in Greek drama and many other important figures from myth and legend. Other than goddesses, queens, and priestesses, women figured mainly as wives, mothers, and occasionally children.

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