Lefkowitz, mary r and fant, maureen b women’s life in greece and rome baltimore: johns hopkins university press isbn 0-8018-4474-6 lelis, arnold a, percy, william a and verstraete, beert cthe age of marriage in ancient rome the edwin mellen press, 2003 isbn 0-7734-6665-7. Marriage and divorce in ancient rome pompeii couple marriage was regarded as a duty and a means of preserving families most marriage were arranged by fathers and set up as alliances between families with producing legitimate children as the primary goal. Marriage in ancient rome and about lending and borrowing wives, divorce and adoption in rome.
Homosexuality in ancient rome often differs markedly from the contemporary west latin lacks words that would precisely translate homosexual and heterosexual the primary dichotomy of ancient roman sexuality was active/dominant/masculine and passive/submissive/feminine roman society was patriarchal, and the freeborn male citizen possessed political liberty (libertas) and the right to rule.
Marriage in roman times began as a sacred institution divorce was unknown patricians married only patricians, and they were married in the stately form of marriage called confarreatio (the only legal form of marriage at the time.
Marriage in ancient rome to us in the modern western world, marriage is an occasion for two people to publicly proclaim their love for each other and their desire to build a life together since love had nothing to do with a roman marriage we are entitled to ask what was its purpose in their eyes.
Women and marriage in ancient rome roman weddings were the source for many of our own marriage traditions a ring on the third finger of a girl's left hand symbolized engagement.
Unlike the romantic weddings of today, marriage in ancient rome was an arrangement between two families like much of roman society, it was highly structured but also logical and, in some ways, even modern marriage in roman times was often not at all romantic rather, it was an agreement between families.
In ancient rome, the marriage of two children was also the joining of two families marriage also had to be outside the family you couldn't marry any relative, not even third or fourth cousins. Women and roman marriage marriage was a private affair, arranged by the heads of families for the elite, the name of the game was political power for the family, marriage a strategic weapon.