In Greece, until the new Family Law of 1983, dowry was a strong and mandatory institution.
The bride’s family and the future groom signed the wedding contract before the marriage in the presence of witnesses. This contract included a detailed account of the property or money and household objects that were to be transferred to the groom. If any of these material obligations were not met, the wedding could be cancelled. The wedding contract also ensured that if the couple separated or if one spouse died before the birth of any children, the property was returned to the bride’s father and his heirs.
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