"One of Pompey’s peculiarities, I later discovered, was that he always tended to love his wife, whoever she happened to be at the time."

Roman Marriage
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Roman marriages were not usually formed out of love, but out of a desire to create new family connections, forge or bind political alliances, marry into money, or honour a respected friend. Thus, marriages were usually arranged, either by the parents or by the prospective husband and his desired wife’s guardian; girls married young and were rarely given much of a choice, if any, of potential husband. Funerary inscriptions, however, provide evidence of the love and affection that could develop between Roman married couples.