Women in the Byzantine Empire (4th to 15th century CE) were, amongst the upper classes, largely expected to supervise the family home and raise children while those who had to work for a living did so in most of the industries of the period, from manufacturing to hospitality. Although they were the minority, some women did manage to rise above the limitations imposed on them by the male-dominated culture.
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Tessellation related Photo plates from Owen Jones' 1853 classic book, "The Grammar of Ornament". Sourced from the University of Wisconsin's digital archive of decorative arts: <a href="http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/DLDecArts.GramOrnJones" rel="noreferrer nofollow">http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/DLDecArts.GramOrnJones</a>