GREECE: Say It with Money

"We must pay to buy us some man's love," mourned Euripides' lovesick Medea almost 2,500 years ago. In the centuries since, many another nubile Greek girl, along with her father, has complained of this state of things; in Greece an adequate dowry is a far more important prerequisite to marriage than a pretty face. In Salonika a weary housemaid recently made the trip to the altar after having scratched for seven long years to raise the $500 demanded as a marriage settlement. A shepherd from the slopes of Mt. Olympus turned his true love down cold when her father produced...

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