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Flashcards in Your Wedding Deck (19):
1

Farreum

Spelt cake (unleavened wafer)

2

Lares

The gods the bride would leave when she left home and offered childhood clothes and toys to

3

nodus Herculeus

Knot of Hercules

4

Flammeum

Saffron-dyed veil

5

Pronubae

Maid of honor

6

When did the ceremony begin?

In the evening before the wedding inside the bride's home

7

A spear point parted the bride's hair into how many tresses?

Six

8

Vittae

Strips of white wool

9

What was the Roman wedding color?

Saffron

10

What was sacrificed in the bride's house?

A sow or ewe

11

How many witnesses were there to witness the bride and groom read the contract?

Ten

12

How long did the celebration last?

Until dusk

13

What did the maid of honor carry as a symbol of her duties?

A distaff and spindle

14

What were symbols of wealth and fertility?

Nuts, cakes, and coins

15

Why were songs sung insulting the newlyweds?

To ward off the evil eye and envy of the gods

16

What was on the groom's door?

Torches that were extinguished and thrown to spectators

17

Why was the bride lifted over the threshold by men?

They wanted to ensure she would not stumble (an inauspicious omen)

18

What did the groom do to make sure that the bride was in charge of his household?

He offered her a pitcher of water and a brazier of burning coals

19

Confarreatio

Spelt-cake-sharing (Roman wedding ceremony)