Women and marriage in ancient Athens

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Why did Athenians marry?
An Athenian married to have children- both to care for them in old age and to bury him with full rites and keep his family cult when they are gone, and to have male children.
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At what age did Athenians marry?
Men at around 30 years old, a girl between 13 to 16
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What was the Engeyesis or Engue?
It was an engagement ceremony, but it was really a binding agreement that concerned the girl in no way.
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What was the Ekdosis?
This was the wedding ceremony and was usually straight after the Engeyesis or Engue.
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Why would the new bride eat an apple or quince in her husbands new home?
It was to demonstrate that her livelihood now came from her husband and a way of marking her initiation into the new oikos.
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When was the dowry handed over?
The day after the wedding.
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At what age did Athenians marry?

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Men at around 30 years old, a girl between 13 to 16

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What was the Engeyesis or Engue?

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Why would the new bride eat an apple or quince in her husbands new home?

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