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date: 05 August 2020

marriage law 

Source:
The Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization
Author(s):
Douglas Maurice MacDowellDouglas Maurice MacDowell, Adolf BergerAdolf Berger, Barry NicholasBarry Nicholas, Susan M. TreggiariSusan M. Treggiari

Marriage in Greece was a process of transfer, by which the kyrios (‘lord’ or ‘controller’) of a woman (normally her father; if he had died, her nearest adult male relative) gave her away to another man for the procreation of children. Originally this was merely a private arrangement between the two men; but, because the procreation of children affected inheritance of property and membership of the community, cities made laws regulating marriage in order to define legitimacy for those purposes....Traditional expressions enshrine the view that a man took a wife for the procreation of children. According to the celebrated definition of ... ...

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