What is a dowry? History of marriage

By |2018-04-24T11:07:33-07:00August 16th, 2017|Economy|

Peleus, future father of Achilles, greets the guests at his wedding; the bride Thetis waits inside the house (Sophilos; British Museum, ca. 580 BC) Beginning about as far back as there are any written records, about 3000 BC, people exchanged money as part of a marriage. The custom is probably much older than that, even. [...]