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‘A Roman wedding’ (from page 22 of the DK Eyewitness Guide to Ancient Rome)


In Roman times, marriages often took place for financial or political reasons. On the wedding day the groom arrived with his family and friends at the bride’s house, and the marriage took place in the atrium or at a nearby shrine. A sacrifice was offered, and the auspices were read to make sure the gods approved. The bride and groom exchanged vows and clasped hands and so were married.


Example re-written in the style of A Visitor’s Guide to Ancient Rome


If you are lucky on your trip you might get invited to a wedding. Roman weddings aren’t always the happy affairs you are used to. Sometimes they are arranged because the groom’s family needs money or because one of the families wants to move up the social ladder! You won’t see many brides crying with happiness, and they might even get dragged to the altar. The highlight of the wedding (well, not for the animal!) is a sacrifice, where the priest checks that the gods think the marriage is a good idea. If the gods are happy, then the bride and groom say their vows, join hands and off they go into the sunset.