"Since marriage affected the extended family group, fathers or uncles could arrange marriages for the good of the family without considering their children’s wishes. Most important was the engagement ceremony in which a prospective son-in-law made a payment symbolizing the purchase of paternal authority over the bride. The essential feature of the marriage itself involved placing the married couple in bed to achieve their physical union. In first marriages, it was considered important that the wife be a virgin so as to ensure that any children would be the husband’s. A virgin symbolized the ability of the bloodline to continue. For this reason, adultery was viewed as pollution of the woman and her offspring, poisoning the future. Adulterous wives were severely punished (an adulterous woman could be strangled or even burned alive); adulterous husbands were not. Divorce was relatively simple and was initiated primarily by the husband. Divorced wives simply returned to their families."
"For most women in the new Germanic kingdoms, their legal status reflected the material conditions of their lives. Archaeological evidence suggests that most women had life expectancies of only thirty or forty years and that about 10 to 15 percent of women died in their childbearing years, no doubt due to complications associated with childbirth. For most women, life consisted of domestic labor: providing food and clothing for the household, caring for the children, and assisting with numerous farming chores. Of all the duties of women, the most important was childbearing, because it was crucial to the maintenance of the family and its properties."
Jackson J. Spielvogel, Western Civilization
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There is no recognizable divine presence, such as a god, in the universe, and humans are particularly insignificant in the larger scheme of intergalactic existence, and perhaps are just a small species projecting their own mental idolatries onto the vast cosmos, ever susceptible to being wiped from existence at any moment. This also suggests that the majority of undiscerning humanity are creatures with the same significance as insects in a much greater struggle between greater forces which, due to humanity’s small, visionless and unimportant nature, it does not recognize.
Cosmicism is not merely the idea that there is no meaning in the universe. It’s far worse. Instead, the argument is that there is meaning, but it is so far above and beyond human understanding that we can never attain meaningful existence.
Organic life is nothing but a genetic mutation, an accident. Your lives are measured in years and decades. You wither and die. We are eternal. We are the pinnacle of evolution and existence. Before us, you are nothing . . . Your civilization is based on the technology of the mass relay, our technology. By using it, your society develops along the paths we desire. We impose order on the chaos of organic evolution. You exist because we allow it. And you will end because we demand it.
That these high and legitimate forms of art, glorified by Aristophanes and Molière, have sunk into such contempt may be due to many causes: I myself have little doubt that it is due to the astonishing and ludicrous lack of belief in hope and hilarity which marks modern aesthetics, to such an extent that it has spread even to the revolutionists (once the hopeful section of men), so that even those who ask us to fling the stars into the sea are not quite sure that they will be any better there than they were before.The Defendant, G. K. Chesterton
I am writing english this criticism because I read with originale language. Hawover my book is abridged version. It is 56 page. Now I can start my comment. I think that the book is not very good. How did the writer write 440 page because the topic is very short. I read abridged version and I understand which the topic is shallow . This book was sold 1990s a lot. Why did people buy this book? What will you do? People sometimes read wrong books. Also I don't like Mark. Always people say this man is clever. I don't agree this people. I think he is repulsive. Thus, I cooled down this book because of this kid. Finally I don't understand FBI agent because they don't know how speak with child. As a result, Mark who know important information can't tell FBI due to FBI's attitude. Maybe John Grisham don't like FBI. I think that unless you read this book, you won't lose...
Son derece güzel bir bilim kurgu romanı. Kaptan Patrick Harris, hostes Due ile birlikte Ay'da Selene adlı gemi ile Susuz Deniz adı verilen yerde turistik seyahat düzenlemektedir. Bu yer, akışkan bir tozdan oluşan bir yerdir. Ancak son seferlerinde bir deprem olur ve Selene, bu akışkan tozun on beş metre altına gömülür. En başta farklı bir yerde kaza yaptıklarını düşünürler ancak sonradan bilim adamları Rawson ve Lawrence aracın yerini bulur. Çalışmalara başlarlar. Ancak Lawrence ve Pat'in önüne Ay ve Susuz Deniz sürekli engeller çıkarmaktadır. Acaba Pat ve diğer yolcular sağ salim kurtulabilecek midir ve Pat Sue'ya duygularını açabilecek midir? Soluksuz okunan bir roman.