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Girls married between the ages of fourteen to eighteen, while typically men married in their twenties or even thirties.

Homer's poetry of the Iliad and Odyssey were written in a sort of literary Ionic with some borrowed words from the other dialects.

Ionic, became the first literary language of ancient Greece until the ascendancy of Athens in the late fifth century.

A feast may be held at the bride’s father’s house, after which the groom would take his bride back to his parents’ house. For the wife to be fully accepted into the groom’s family, a child had to be conceived from their union. The man would have to pay back, in cash, the remaining dowry money to his wife’s parents.

They were greeted at the door by the groom’s parents and led to the hearth. Divorces were granted on many grounds; for example, if the wife could not bear children.

Her analysis suggests many of the houses had hundreds of cups – far too many for entertaining ordinary guests, New Scientist magazine reported.