Women and Marriage in Rome

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What were the Roman attitudes to marriage?
Marriage was needed to provide families with a male heir, just like the Greeks
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Who choose the husband in marriage?
In the bottom class, it was the parents that chose the husband, as well as the upper classes. But in later years, women were allowed to decide for themselves.
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What did "without manus" marriages mean?
The wife remained under the authority of her father. If a woman had to be under someone’s control, a doting father living in another house was a much better bet than a husband.
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What four things were necessary in Roman marriage?
Both the bride and groom needed to be citizens, be past puberty age, must be consented, and have the consent from their guardians.
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What is common in modern and Roman marriages?
The couple declared themselves to be married, not the priest and it involved the whole family and friends.
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Which animal was usually sacrificed once the wife entered the husbands house?
Usually a pig and auspices would look at the entrails. If the omens were good, the gods approved the marriage.
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What would happen at night?
There would be a noisy procession to announce that they were legally married.
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What were the advantages of the marriage concerning slaves?
They would be likely to work well, and any children meant additional slaves, but this depended on the master' wishes.
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What about children born of a concubine?
They would not be legitimate, and so they bore the name of their mother.
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Who choose the husband in marriage?

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In the bottom class, it was the parents that chose the husband, as well as the upper classes. But in later years, women were allowed to decide for themselves.

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What four things were necessary in Roman marriage?

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