The Greeks perhaps were a unusual country at that time since they did many things differently then other places. They did not have such harsh laws or anything, and were fairly nice to its citizens.
The ancient Greeks were different from other countries at there time due to several facts. They did not have a ruler who rules there entire continent rather they had city-states, and each city-state had a ruler. But all the city-states spoke the same language and shared the same gods. The Greeks were not citizens of Greece but rather of a particular city-state, from which they were from. They were very loyal to their city-states and wanted to make them as nice as possible.
Men ran the government in ancient Greece, they also did labor work, which involved working in the fields, hunting, or being a merchant. The men in Greece also loved the, now world famous, Olympic Games, which started in 776 BCE. The women in Greece had far fewer rights and privileges, they could not attend there husbands parties, they could be a hostess, or a waitress at them, but could not attend them and be a part of them. They could not watch or be participants in the Olympic Games. They could however attend weddings, funerals, and religious festivities. At the house they were in charge with the male gone, and had to run the household, they had to watch the kids, which they were supposed to have. Many Greeks homes had slaves to do most of the housework and it was fairly uncommon to see a women cleaning up the house. Slaves however, were more important in the Greek home then at first glance, they were tutors to the male children which lived in the household. The slaves taught them manners, and respect. Slaves were acquired in many different ways, they could be captured from war, be born into slavery, or sold into it. They were not treated poorly, they just had an owner, and were more like poor citizens then slaves.