34 Helastos, the youngster`s euphrosyntic uncle, did the same: he prepared their wedding and the whole solemn ceremony to celebrate them.37 Theodore the Studite was the guest of the house of Leo the Hypatos when he was preparing his son`s wedding. After the covenant, the bride died suddenly of a high fever, and the wedding songs rise downwards.38 19The marriage was usually, but not necessarily, a fiancé.15 The latter was distinguished in ”incomplete” (also called ”civil” or ”legal”) which follows the statutes of civil law and in ”primary” or ”solemn” undertaking, considered equal to marriage and involving almost the same legal obligations. 23The marriage in ancient Greece was a family affair and followed a family ritual; It did not lack religious importance. It was carried out in agreement with the two interested families and constituted a simple transaction that was not legally binding20. 10The process of evolution, which founded the covenant (Stephanoma) of a priest`s fiancé as the most important bridal ritual, was launched in the 4th century, when the Church gave a new interpretation to the wedding wreaths traditionally used at weddings in the Greek world. The custom at the time was that the father of the bride, after giving it to the groom, would put wreaths on the heads of the bride and groom. John Chrysostom saw them as a symbol of marital purity. This value, attributed to the rite of Stéphane, allowed this particular ritual to be left in the hands of a priest. In the second half of the fourth century, this was a practice established in Armenia8; Cappadocia followed9, and from there the custom reached Constantinople10.

26In the Ecloga, the legal code of the Isarian emperors, in which the state rendered the decisions of the ecclesiastical councils, marriage remained a private agreement concluded either by deed or by Parol, with the agreement of the future spouses and their parents.24