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Family Life in The Byzantine Empire
Transcript of Family Life in The Byzantine Empire
In The Byzantine Empire By: Dara Macpherson Most Byzantines considered their family to be the center of their social life. Womens Role in the Family In the home women were primarily engaged in the household tasks.
Married women were granted the right of inheritance.
The strong wife on an emperor could wield considerable influance in politics. Divorce Although divorce was not forbidden it was difficult to obtain, and remarrige was considered socially unacceptable. Repeated marriages brought severe penalties from the church. Childrens role in the Family At about age seven boys ( and sometimes girls ) would be sent to an elementary teacher who would teach the basic points (reading, writing, basic points of grammar and how to count number.)
Wealthy famlies sometimes hired toutors to teach children at home ( particularly for girls )
Higher education only available in larger cities. Marriage Marriage was a sacred institution in the eyes of both the church and state. A bride brought to her marriage a dowry in the form of a certian amount of money or property agreed to by the two famlies.
Since the church forbids weddings during Lent many weddings take place directly after Easter. On the wedding day the groom would follow and ancient custom. He would follow a band of musicians to the bride's home. During the ceremony, the couple wear crowns made of paper and flowers, joined by a ribbon signifying the binds of marriage. The priest leads the couple and their bridal party three times around the altar while well-wishers cheer, sing songs and throw rice. Another significant event in the life of a newly married couple was the birth of their first child. It was celebrated by a gathering and the most important ceremony, the baptism.