Whenever we find the payment of a bride-price, there is sure indication of the decay of mother-right: woman has become property.
No bride-price is paid, and the remarriage of widows is forbidden.
The rule in both Iliad and Odyssey is that the wooer gives a bride-price to the father of the bride, ethna.
But when the parents of the bride are poor they receive a bride-price of Rs.
In the case of the daughter of a headman the bride-price is sometimes as high as Rs.
The fine for adultery may have been the equivalent of the bride-price paid by the bridegroom.
The bride-price varied much, according to the position of the parties, but was in excess of that paid for a slave.
Hephaestus, in the song of Demodocus, demands the return of the bride-price which he gave for the faithless Aphrodite, the .
Divorce may be obtained by either party at pleasure on payment of double the bride-price, which is usually Rs.
The bride-price usually consists of two bundles of rice and a bundle of paddy (unhusked rice).