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[744e] just as it was the rule,1 in cases of refusal to marry, that the treasurers of Hera should exact the fine in each instance, or else pay it out of their own pockets. The right of betrothal belongs in the first place to the father, next to the grandfather, thirdly to the full brothers; failing any of these, it rightly belongs next to relatives on the mother's side in like order; in case of any unwonted misfortune, the right shall belong to the nearest of kin in each case, acting in conjunction with the guardians.2 Concerning the preliminary marriage-sacrifice and all other sacred ceremonies proper to be performed

1 Cp. Plat. Laws 774b.

2 For these “guardians” (of orphans) see Plat. Laws 926e.

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