Virginity is the state of a person who has never engaged in sexual intercourse. Like chastity , the concept of virginity has traditionally involved sexual abstinence. The concept of virginity usually involves moral or religious issues and can have consequences in terms of social status and in interpersonal relationships. The term virgin originally only referred to sexually inexperienced women, but has evolved to encompass a range of definitions, as found in traditional, modern and ethical concepts. The word virgin comes via Old French virgine from the root form of Latin virgo , genitive virginis , meaning literally "maiden" or " virgin "  —a sexually intact young woman or "sexually inexperienced woman". As in Latin, the English word is also often used with wider reference, by relaxing the age, gender or sexual criteria.
Being a Girl in Ancient Greece – Women in Antiquity
This qualitative article examines views of students at the University of Ghana on the topic of virginity with specific focus on its gendered meaning and relative significance in modern times. One-on-one interviews were conducted with 30 purposively selected research participants with the aid of an interview guide. Through thematic analysis, the results indicated that the majority of the respondents believed that virginity has been stereotyped on women due to the patriarchal cultural systems and the significance of the hymen. It was also found that the participants constructed their perspectives on virginity based on religious obligations, repercussions of sex and sexual health. Reactions to virginity loss also differed on gender. Implications of this study include the need for public conscientization on the repercussions of sexual activities, direct parent—child discourse about sex and the need for counseling centers within social institutions to offer advice and support to the youth on the subject matter.
Chapter 7. Virginity, Chastity, and Modesty
Larson, Jennifer. London: Bloomsbury Academic, Bloomsbury Collections. Copyright Jennifer Larson
This webpage seeks to paint a picture of girlhood in Ancient Greece, specifically girlhood during the Archaic period, stretching from the seventh century BCE until BCE, and the Classical period which immediately followed it and lasted until BCE. The evidence relayed here is almost exclusively from Greece itself, with some evidence deriving from Italy. I will discuss the birth of daughters, their infancy and girlhood, their role in ritual and religion, and their preparation for marriage. The birth of girls was rarely so much as recorded in Ancient Greece, let alone celebrated . While parental love was and always has been a thing, the birth of a daughter caused economic strain as families were expected to a provide dowry a sum of money, material goods or property which a girl would bring with her into a marriage so as to attract a husband .