Marriage in Ancient Rome

Romulus, the legendary founder of Rome, and the first attributed to the laws of the Roman law of marriage.

In accordance with these laws, a woman connected with a man in holy matrimony, had become part of his property.On her husband's spread all right.The law requires married women to adapt fully to the nature of their husbands, and wives their husbands manage their property as a necessary.

For most of the history of the Roman husbands had absolute power over their wives, replacing the fathers, fully dispose of their daughters until marriage.The laws of Rome states that marriage exists solely for the purpose of procreation, but also for the sake of the family property remained undivided.Many centuries later, Roman law formed the basis of English law, and, although the severity of the punishment for its violation has been weakened, their husbands still remained very high right.

As in Athens, the husband in ancient Rome had the right to kill his wife, unable to perform his conjugal duties or violate the

strict rules of conduct.Roman law permitted a woman to punish with death if she betrayed her husband, drank a special agent to terminate an unwanted pregnancy, or forged keys to the cellar of her husband.Drinking wine Roman women was strictly forbidden, because it was thought that every woman, immoderate drinking wine, closes the heart to the virtues and vices opens it.

In the early centuries AD.e.Roman views on marriage reflected the attitude to the role that was assigned to a society woman.The basis of marriage was based on the idea prevailed for many centuries and partly preserved value at the moment.Modern look some of the views of the ancients, as they are close to us in nature, namely: "What could be better than his wife chaste, loving family life, a good housewife and educator of children, the one that pleases you in the health and care in sickness, a fellow member inluck and comforter in sorrow, one that curbed the passion of your youth and alleviate the excessive brutality of old age ... »