(from the article `marriage law`) ...was marked by a highly solemnized ceremony involving numerous witnesses and animal sacrifice. It was usually reserved for patrician families. ...
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(Latin) a common type of marriage in ancient Roman culture that represented a 'bride purchase,' as the groom paid nummus usus, a penny, and received the bride in exchange; while this purchase was not a real sale, it symbolized the traditional bride purchases of earlier societies; five witnesses were required and the wedding ceremony was much less f...
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