Ancient Greek marriage law - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The ancient Greek legislators considered the relation of marriage a matter of public interest. This was particularly the case at Sparta, where the subordination of private interests and happiness to the public was strongly exemplified in the regulations.

For instance, by the laws of Lycurgus of Sparta, criminal proceedings might be taken against those who married too late (graphe opsigamiou) or unsuitably (graphe kakogamiou), as well as against those who did not marry at all (graphe agamiou).[1][2][3] These regulations were founded on the generally recognised principle that it was the duty of every citizen to raise up a strong and healthy progeny of legitimate children to the state.[4]