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Roman Marriage 16/02/2010 15:28:00 - similar to Greek society in some aspects marriage was predicated on the fundamental concept that the woman was  considered insignificant – in such a patriarchal society they were no more  than a piece of property shortly after birth, the baby was set at the feet of the pater familia and only if  the pater held it in his arms, the child was legitimate otherwise it was exposed the purpose of marriage was the procreation of offspring  o “since women are married for the sake of bearing children and heirs,  and not for pleasure and enjoyment, it is totally absurd to inquire about  the quality and rank of their family line or about the abundance of their  wealth, but not to inquire about their ability to conceive children”  – Soranus, Gynecology marriage was also seen as a means to maintaining/raising family status and  wealth G. Julius Caesar – Iulia(daughter) Gaius Octavius – Octavia  Marcus Tullius Cicero – Tullia  the similarity in names symbolize ownership of father Matrionium – mater (mother from Latin) - Pompey married Julia(daughter of Caesar) to further strengthen political ties married five times, 1 st  time he marries Sulla’s step daughter to gain political  support second time he marries Julia third time he marries Cornelia, daughter of Scipio Metellus to gain  conservative backing from Scipio who was against the rule of Caesar - Octavian married his sister Octavia who happened to be pregnant with Marc  Anthony’s baby
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