"not worth marrying unless she carries property on her back"
Traditionally, dowries have played an important part in Greek weddings. The dowry might include gold, silver, jewels, as well as embroidered linen and clothing. The dowry generally remained the property of the wife, although the husband would decide how it was used. Fathers, like Dr Iannis, who refused to provide a dowry, could be sued by their daughters.
Time magazine article (17/1/77)