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  • Record Number: 17465
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Karlin-Hayter , Patricia.
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  • Title: Further Notes on Byzantine Marriage: "Raptus" - harpage or mnesteiai [The author discusses two topics related to marriage, "raptus" and engagements. "Raptus" in the Byzantine canons refers to the act of abducting a woman in order to marry her. The Church canons in regard to engagement changed, so that emperors felt they had to make the rules less strict for young women and men who were often promised in marriage at the age of seven. The Appendix presents four English translations of sources from two churchmen, Xiphilinos and John the Thrakesian, along with legislation from Emperor Alexios I Komnenos. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source URL: Dumbarton Oaks Papers (Full Text via JSTOR) 46 (1992): 133-154. Homo Byzantinus: Papers in Honor of Alexander Kazhdan. Link Info target = '_blank'>Dumbarton Oaks Papers (Full Text via JSTOR) 46 (1992): 133-154. Homo Byzantinus: Papers in Honor of Alexander Kazhdan. Link Info
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  • Article Type: Journal Article;Translation
  • Subject (See Also): Alexios I Komnenos, Byzantine Emperor Betrothal Byzantium Canon Law Emperors Kidnapping Law Marriage Raptus [Latin: Rape or Abduction, Either Forcible or Consensual, Sometimes with the Intention of Marriage]
  • Geographic Area: Eastern Mediterranean;General
  • Century: 7- 8- 9- 10- 11- 12
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  • Year of Publication: 1992.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 00707546
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