In ancient Athens,
wedding ceremonies started after dark. The veiled bride traveled from
her home to the home of the groom while standing in a chariot. Her
family followed the chariot on foot, carrying the gifts. Friends of
the bride and groom lit the way, carrying torches and playing music to
scare away evil spirits.
During the wedding
ceremony, the bride would eat an apple, or another piece of
fruit, to show that food and other basic needs would now come from her
Gifts to the new couple
might include baskets, furniture, jewelry, mirrors, perfume, and vases
filled with greenery.
In ancient Sparta,
the ceremony was very simple. After a tussle, to
prove his superior strength, the groom would toss his bride over his
shoulder and carried her off.
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