Ancient greece dating
Independent of any public considerations, there were also private or personal reasons (particular to the ancients) which made marriage an obligation.
Plato mentions one of these as the duty incumbent upon every individual to provide for a continuance of representatives to succeed himself as ministers of the Divinity (toi Theoi hyperetas an' hautou paradidonai).
Another was the desire felt by almost everyone, not merely to perpetuate his own name, but also to prevent his heritage being desolate, and his name being cut off, and to leave someone who might make the customary offerings at his grave.
With this in mind, childless persons would sometimes adopt unwanted children, including children who had been left to die.
But match-making among the ancients remained outside the dominion of political and legal regulation.
This was entirely left to the care and forethought of parents, or women who made a profession of it, and who were therefore called promnestriai or promnestrides.
Each city was politically independent, with its own laws affecting marriage. For the marriage to be legal, the woman's father or guardian gave permission to a suitable male who could afford to marry. The couple participated in a ceremony which included rituals such as veil removal but the couple living together made the marriage legal.
The ancient Greek legislators considered marriage to be a matter of public interest.
For earlier times, see Greek Dark Ages, Aegean civilizations and Mycenaean Greece.
There were usually certain dates preferable for getting married.
According to some, ancient Greeks married in the winter.
By Athenian law, a citizen was not allowed to marry a foreign woman, nor conversely, under very severe penalties.
Thus brothers were permitted to marry even with sisters, if not homometrioi or born from the same mother, as Cimon did with Elpinice, though a connection of this sort appears to have been looked on with abhorrence.A man would choose his wife based on three things: the dowry, which was given by the father to the groom; her presumed fertility; and her skills, such as weaving.