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THE HISTORY

OF THE

MANNERS AND CUSTOMS

ANCIENT GRE E C E.

BY J. A. ST. JOHNK.

IN THREE VOLUMES.

VOL. II.

LONDON:
RICHARD BENTLEY, NEW BURLINGTON STREET,
Publisher in Ordinary to Her Majesty.

1842.

1277.

LONDON: Printed by S. & J. BENTLEY, Wilson, and FLEY,

Bangor House, Shoe Lane.

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THE HISTORY

OF THE

MANNERS AND CUSTOMS

ANCIENT GREECE.

BOOK III.

CHAPTER IV.

MARRIAGE CEREMONIES.

WHEN marriage was determined on, whether love or interest prompted to it, the business part of the transaction, which in all countries is exceedingly unromantic, was delegated, as in China, to a female matchmaker, whose professional duties appear to have been considered important. She carried the lover's proposals to the family of his mistress, or rather, perhaps, broke the ice and paved the way for him. In the earlier ages men, no doubt, performed this delicate office themselves, or entrusted it to their parents; as in Homer we find Achilles declaring, that his father Peleus shall choose a wife for him. Earlier still, if we may credit certain prevalent traditions, men dispensed altogether with such

1 Ilpouvnorpia. Aristoph. Nub. 41. et Schol. Poll. iii. 41. VOL. II.

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