FC: Lucia Brunel Nick Fisher | The Marriage of Flavia Vibianus and Quintus Fulvius Luscinus
1: The Bride
2: The Bride Continued
3: The Groom
4: The Groom Cont.
5: The Engagement Party
6: Party Invitation | Party Invitation
7: Engagement Continued | Flavia: So many people showed up at our engagement ceremony! In accordance with tradition, the party was hosted at my father’s house. There was lots of food and wine, and everybody was laughing and chatting merrily. First, my father made a promise of marriage to Quintus on my behalf. Then, Quintus presented me with the most beautiful ring I could have ever imagined! I’m looking at it as I write this; I love the way it glitters! Quintus placed this ring on the third finger of my left hand, because as my mother later told me, a nerve runs from this finger to the heart. There’s no backing out now; our wedding has already been planned. The party following the engagement ceremony was also lovely. Quintus left me so he could go talk politics with the other men, but I didn’t mind because I was busy admiring my new ring. Lots of people came up to me and said something about how great it was that two such powerful families with a history of being rivals would finally join happily in marriage, but I don’t know what that means, so I just smiled and nodded like my mother taught me.
9: Bride's Preparations | Hercle! So many preparations must be made for this wedding! Since it is the evening before the wedding, I must take off my bulla, which I have worn since birth to protect me from evil. I will now dedicate this and my childhood toys and belongings to the lares of our home. The other members of my family have also been helping me prepare. Father spent all day choosing the most talented singers and performers to come tomorrow, and the Pontifex Maximus will also be there for the ceremony. The slave girls have sown me a stunning wedding dress, which I will try on tonight for the sake of a favorable omen. Even my sister has come back to the house to prepare for how she will fix my hair tomorrow. The excitement is building!
10: The Groom and Father-In-Law
11: Our Traditional Customs | The bride’s preparation the morning of the wedding was an important custom. Before the wedding, the bride’s hair was parted into 6 sections using the tip of a spear. These locks of hair were then tied and held in place with ribbons. This hairstyle was similar to that of the Vestal Virgins. She was then dressed by her mother. The bride wore a belt tied in the knot of Hercules, who was the guardian of wedded life, and a flame-colored veil called a flammeum. | Knot of Hercules | Hair
12: Another tradition was the sacrifice of an animal and taking of omens, which was performed by a soothsayer. The omens would be taken before the rise of the sun. If they were favorable, the bride and groom would step into the atrium, marking the official beginning of the wedding ceremony. | A custom during the wedding ceremony was the chant of marriage vows. Standing before the priest, the bride and groom would hold hands, giving their consent for the marriage by professing, “Ubi tu Gaius, ego Gaia.” This chant means: “Where you are Gaius, I am Gaia.” The marriage would then be legal, as long as at least ten witnesses were present. | Pontifex Maximus | Another very important tradition was that a procession would follow the bride and groom to the groom’s house. Many people would join this parade, carrying torches. When the procession had arrived at the final destination, the groom would pretend to pull his bride from her mother by force, with a big show of tears. Nuts would be thrown by the onlookers.
13: Customs Continued | A final custom after the wedding was the entering of the bride into her husband's house. In accordance with tradition, the bride anointed the door with oils and fat and then was carried over the threshold by the groom. Once inside the house, the bride kindled the fire with the marriage torch. This torch was then blown out and thrown among the guests to be taken as a lucky token.
14: Works Cited and Referenced | "Roman Weddings." UNRV History - Roman Empire. Web. 13 Feb. 2012.
15: "Ancient Roman Weddings." Truly Rome Apartments in Rome. Web. 13 Feb. 2012.