Choes are miniature jugs associated with children. Once past babyhood, children had their own parts to play in religious festivals. A chous was probably given to a boy in his third year at the Anthesteria festival. Children would drink the wine poured from the vessel, to prove that they were on their way to being men.

Babyhood could be a dangerous time in Ancient Greece. If unwanted, babies were left to die - a far more likely fate for girls. Once past this dangerous time, children were brought up by their mothers, and sometimes hired by nurses.

Men sometimes paid girls and women to entertain them at drinking parties called symposia. Young girls and boys would have performed gymnastics, danced, acted or sung for money at a symposia.

Marrying at 13 years old may seem very young, but in ancient Greece, when a girl reached puberty and could have children, she was ready for marriage. In Athens, girls married at this young age men at least twice their age. In Sparta, couples married much later and men and women were closer in age.

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