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  • 1. Marriage, ItsPast and PresentBy: Kelly CaoDiv. 1
  • 2. Marriage In Ancient Egypt In ancient Egypt, all people couldonly have one partner or mate. People only had marriage with thesame class people as they were.E.g. A slave could only marry aslave, and a middle class mancould only marry a girl from amiddle class family. Marriages between cousins andnieces were verycommon, because Egyptian Godsdid the same.
  • 3. The Marriage In Ancient Egypt A marriage was also a scarce bondbetween the man and the woman. Brides were really young that time, agingfrom 15-16 or even younger. Husbands were usually 17-20 years old.Some were even older. Ancient Egyptians liked to marry younggirls because people died very early(nooffence! ).
  • 4. Marriage In Ancient Egypt Since people all had short lives, girlswould get married after getting theirperiods. Divorce in ancient Egypt occurredusually because the couple didn’t getalong well. When divorced, the woman wouldmove to her parent’s house and getremarried and have more children. Getting divorced didn’t change one’slife too much.
  • 5. Marriage in Mesopotamia When a woman gotmarried, she would become apart of the husband’s family. When the woman wasmarried, the man’s family wasin charge of the ceremony. They would also have a hugefeast at the couples’ new homeand everything would be paidby the husband’s side of thefamily.
  • 6. Marriage in Mesopotamia Also, according to Hammurabi’s law code, wivescould be bought and sold, just like slaves at thattime. Divorce in Mesopotamia was acceptable. Whenthe two people wanted to get divorced, the manjust needed to return the money (price of thewoman) and their bond would be broken. The word husband, if translated, would mean “theowner of a wife”.
  • 7. Marriage in Ancient Rome Ancient Romans could only marryonce in their whole life time. In Ancient Rome, the bride hadto be 12 years or older and thegroom had to be 14 years or older. No couple in Rome could everdivorce, so when they werechoosing their life longpartners, they would do it carefully.
  • 8. Marriage in Ancient Rome When getting married in ancient Rome, the couplemust show consent, and one way to do it was forthem is to hold hands in the public. There was always an engagement between thecouple, which was usually a ring (wedding ring inmodern times). The bride’s family would prepare some of herbasic needs. The groom’s family had to provideclothing, slaves, furniture, and jewels for thebride, but these remained the property of thegroom’s family.
  • 9. Marriage in Ancient Rome On the day of the marriage, the bridewould be dressed by her mother andalso, tied the “Knot ofHercules”(Hercules was the god whowas in charge of life after the wedding) ›After the wedding ceremony, the bridewould be carried over to the new homeby the groom and light the fire-placewith a “marriage” torch. ›When the fire was lighted, the bridewould blow out the torch and toss it tothe guests, which is just like the flowerbouquet that we toss in modern days.
  • 10. Marriage in Ancient China When Chinese people wanted to getmarried, the groom’s side of the family had togive gifts to the bride’s side of the family. The gifts were usually money or treasures(something that’s really expensive). Before the marriage, the bride and groom’sbirthdays had to be taken to a fortune tellerwho would see what their futurewould be like.
  • 11. Marriage in Ancient China The reasons for ancient Chinese to getdivorced were: ›The woman could not get pregnant or have ason. ›The woman might have said too much thatwas forbidden in the family. ›The woman was a thief.
  • 12. Marriage in Modern Canada Marriage in Canada is just like that in all othermodern countries. First, you plan the date to get married;then, you present your personalinformation, your ID (passport, driver’s licenseor birth certificate). Also, marriage is achieved through free will.No one is forced to get married.
  • 13. Marriage in Modern Canada Canadians have the same marriage customsas people from many modern countries.When the woman is married to the man, herlast name will be changed into her husband’s. Men and women have the same status inmarriage, and divorces are usually carried outpeacefully. Divorce is possible when the marriage hasbeen totally broken down beyondretrieval, such as the wife and husband havebeen separated for more than oneyear, continuous mental or physicalabuse, etc.
  • 14.  AJDMBA. "An Ancient Roman Wedding Ceremony 1930s Card." An Ancient RomanWedding Ceremony 1930s Card. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Apr. 2013.<>. A picture from E- Bay. Andrews, Evan. "11 Things You May Not Know about Ancient Egypt." 11 Things You MayNot Know about Ancient Egypt. Evan Andrews, n.d. Web. 9 Apr. 2013.<>. The second picture about ancient Egyptian marriage. "Chinese Wedding Culture." Radom Persons Blog. Fu Tian Wen, n.d. Web. 17 Apr. 2013.<>. From aChinese Website. "Chinese Weddings." Chinese Weddings. Baidu, n.d. Web. 17 Apr. 2013.<>. From a Chinese Website. (Like Wikipedia) Dunn, Jimmy. "Egypt: Marriage in Ancient Egypt." Egypt: Marriage in Ancient Egypt.Jimmy Dunn, n.d. Web. 9 Apr. 2013.<>. The Info about marriage inancient Egypt. Government of Canada. "Getting Married." Getting Married. Government of Canada, n.d.Web. 17 Apr. 2013. <>. Theneeds to get married. Kutay, Hollace. "The Art behind Weddings." The Art behind Weddings. Hollace Kutay, n.d.Web. 17 Apr. 2013. <>. Pictures of wedding scenes.
  • 15.  "Marriage Ceremony in Ancient Rome." Marriage Ceremony in Ancient Rome.All Posters., n.d. Web. 16 Apr. 2013. <>. A picture for AllPosters, there is no artist and the picture is for sale. Marriages of Convenience Still Exist in Canada. Marriages of Convenience StillExist in Canada. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Apr. 2013. <>. Apicture that was taken as part of the writings explanation. Martin, Phillip, ed. "Ancient Roman Weddings- Ancient Rome for Kids." AncientRoman Weddings- Ancient Rome for Kids. Phillip Martin, n.d. Web. 14 Apr.2013. <>. The website for ancient Romanweddings. "Mesopotamian Marriage Law." Mesopotamian Marriage Law. Wikipedia, n.d.Web. 17 Apr. 2013.<>. Info aboutMesopotamian Marriage Laws. Sacred Prostitution. Sacred Prostitution. Wkipedia, n.d. Web. 17 Apr. 2013.<>. A picture from Wikipedia. Wikipedia. "Chinese Marriage." Chinese Marriage. Wikipedia, n.d. Web. 17 Apr.2013. <>. The page where Isearch for Chinese marriage/ Divorce. - - -. "Marriage in Ancient Rome." Marriage in Ancient Rome. Wikipedia, n.d.Web. 17 Apr. 2013. <>.A picture from Wikipedia. - - -, ed. "Marriage in Canada." Marriage in Canada. Wikipedia, n.d. Web. 17Apr. 2013. <>. About divorce/marriage in Canada.
  • 16. The End!!!