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January 08, 2009

SPQR Blues: Blues 4 part LXXIX


Sorry this took so long. I am reeeeally tired. But at least this marks the end of the reeeeally long wedding :)
Wedding portrait
Now, hold still and smile for the fresco artist...

Some sources say that others in the wedding party, rather than the groom, might lift the bride over the threshold, as long as she was safely carried across and had no chance to trip (a bad luck sign).

The "Gaius and Gaia" formula was an ancient tradition. One could substitute the groom's name, but saying "Gaius" linked the bride to a story of a virtuous wife from the earliest days of Rome, who declared herself one and the same as her husband—whose name happened to be Gaius. Many elements of the traditional marriage ceremony recalled early Roman history, as well as symbolising the transfer of the bride from her parents' hearth and gods and ancestors, to those of her husband.

There was a more complex ceremony when members of the patrician nobility married in a way that would qualify them for priestly purity. And after that, the restrictions on what they could wear, touch, where they could sleep, even where they could walk became extremely complicated. Mus has an entirely different set of rules to worry about.


Posted by klio at January 8, 2009 02:19 AM
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