I'm so bored…procrastination..but the last point is interesting, the women veiled for those they respected and showed their face to those they didn’t… New evidence reveals women in Ancient Greece wore the veil http://www.ex.ac.uk/news/newsveil.shtml Ancient Greece may have been the birthplace of democracy - but its women were second class citizens who for 1,100 years routinely wore a veil over their faces whenever they went out in public. This is the conclusion of a new book by Dr Lloyd Llewellyn Jones, of the University of Exeter, who has traced the use of the veil in ancient Greece between 900BC and 200AD. Said Dr Llewellyn Jones: 'We associate the veil with what are now Islamic countries. It seems that the veil certainly originated in these areas around 3,000BC, but by 900BC the veil was also to be found in ancient Greece.' Dr Llewellyn Jones has discovered evidence of the veil on pottery and in Greek texts. Even though Greek artists usually showed women with faces uncovered - because it looked better that way - there are still plenty of images showing women veiled. Evidence can even be found in well known texts such as The Odyssey, where Penelope is referred to five times as wearing a veil. Yet the veil wasn't just a way of keeping women in their place.' 'Women used it to show status,' said Dr Llewellyn Jones. 'They would veil for men they respected and not for others. It was also an instrument of sexuality.'