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date: 27 September 2020

rites of passage 

The Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World
John RobertsJohn Roberts

The main passages in the ancient life‐cycle, between birth and death, were initiation and marriage, although in Rome initiation must have been abolished early because only traces of the institution have survived. It is sometimes possible to see which parts of the transitions received attention in which periods. Whereas on Attic black‐figure vases of the late Archaic period the public procession of the couple to the bridegroom's home received all attention, the red‐figure vases focused on the relationship of bride and groom: an illustration of a shift in attention from public to private.... ...

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