Greek dating traditions
This resulted in the suggestion that, whenever a woman had no children by her own husband, the state ought to allow her to live with another man.
On the same principle, and for the purpose of preventing the extinction of his family, Spartan King Anaxandridas II was allowed to live with two wives.
He kept two separate establishments: this was a case of bigamy, which, as Herodotus though they are frequently represented as living in concubinage with one or more.
A common month in which they married, though, was “Gamelion” or January, which was sacred to the goddess Hera.This was particularly the case at Sparta, where the subordination of private interests and personal happiness to the good of the public was strongly encouraged by the laws of the city.One example of the legal importance of marriage can be found in the laws of Lycurgus of Sparta, which required that criminal proceedings be taken against those who married too late (graphe opsigamiou) The Spartans considered teknopoioia (childbearing) as the main object of marriage.any man who did not marry before he was thirty-five was punishable not only with atimia (loss of civil rights), but also with pecuniary penalties, and he expressly states that in choosing a wife, every man ought to consult the interests of the state, and not his own pleasure.