Marriage in ancient Rome  

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Marriage in ancient Rome had mythical beginnings, starting with the abduction of the Sabine Women. Romulus and his band of male immigrants were rejected conubium, the legal right to intermarriage, from the Sabines. According to Livy, Romulus and his men abduct the Sabine maidens, but promise them an honorable marriage, in which they will enjoy the benefits of property, citizenship, and children. These three things seem to define the purpose of marriage in ancient Rome.

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