"in Athena's city where women were kept in almost Oriental suppression as odalisques or drudges"
Copy of Phidias' statue of Athena (130-150 A.D.) Prado Museum, Madrid
Public DomainCopy of Phidias' statue of Athena (130-150 A.D.) Prado Museum, Madrid - Credit: Shakko, Wikimedia Commons

Athena is a goddess in Greek mythology after whom the city of Athens, the capital of Greece, is named.

Odalisque is the term used for a female harem* slave during the period of the Ottoman Empire.

(*women-only quarters).

Women in Athens, and in ancient Greece generally (with the exception of Sparta), are believed to have been extremely subservient to men and to have lived highly restricted lives.