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gynaeceum

(ˌdʒaɪnɪˈsiːəm)
n, pl -cea (-ˈsiːə)
1. (Historical Terms) (in ancient Greece and Rome) the inner section of a house, used as women's quarters
2. (Botany) a variant spelling of gynoecium
[C17: from Latin: women's apartments, from Greek gunaikeion, from gunē a woman]
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42) We see something of this tragic spatial model in the later scenes of the Mostellaria, as the house becomes both the symbol of Theopropides' relationship with his household and the domain of the "opposite" sex, not only through the discussion of gynaecea and Simo's mulieres, but also in the presumed presence of all the female characters in the play who are locked behind Philolaches' door.
The gynaecea of Charlemagne's realm were renowned, and the emperor's gift of woollen cloaks for Harun-al-Rashid was produced at his own workshop in Aachen.
Did these great households ever supplant the gynaecea or female workshops of an earlier age?