Marriage, family and children
Weddings are often pictured on vases. Greek and Roman families planned the weddings of their children with the utmost care. Marriage was used to confirm political and financial alliances, so it became important to pick a lucky day for the wedding. Marriage was solemized by ceremonies still familar to us: wedding feasts, veiled brides, and wedding party guests from both families. The young bride-to-be dedicated her childhood toys to the household god, changed out of her childhood clothes and put on her bridal gown with the help of friends.
Since infant mortality was high and child birth dangerous, there was much rejoicing when healthy babies were born; and as they grew up, they played with all sorts of toys, such as clay animals, dolls and miniature dishes. The mother was in charge, not only of raising the children, but also of running the entire household, which usually included a number of slaves.