Girls married between the ages of fourteen to eighteen, while typically men married in their twenties or even thirties.
Those notches on the proverbial bedpost might be a pleasure to brag about, Ovid suggests, but they won’t help your or your paramour’s reputation.
If you have to spill the juicy details to a friend, at least refrain from painting yourself as the gods’ gift to women or men: “Let us…
When a wife committed adultery, divorce was legally required.
Greek men did not discuss with others their wives or other female relatives.
FIRST: You had tell the person that you were going to start an action against them to be heard in "court". He knew how the court system worked in ancient Athens. But the right to trial by jury is the right of every American citizen.
You had to bring witnesses with you so your witnesses could testify that the person was told why you were bringing an action, and that you had given this person a date, time, and location that they had to appear in court to defend themselves. If found guilty, both sides, the person bringing the charge and the person being charged, suggested a punishment.
Even if you’re too poor to afford anything else, a few heartfelt words will let your beloved know how much you cherish him or her, and how much you’d like to keep hanging around for the long run.
And even if you haunt the wrong places, can’t speak Greek, fall through the skylight, or smell like a goat, they’ll have at least one good reason to remember you.
Studying the “refinements of life” in language and history just might land you your own voluptuous island sorceress like Circe. If the ordinary, safe route to your mistress is denied you, if her door is shut against you, climb up on to the roof and let yourself down by the chimney, or the skylight.
How it will please her to know the risks you've run for her sake!
Before the days of and Facebook stalking, singles mixers and even personal ads, there was a love and marriage guide for ancient Romans that rivaled anything Oprah or Dear Abby could have cooked up.