Osservazioni sui paragrafi delle leggi ittite relative al matrimonio (§§ 26-37, 175, 192-193)
In: Bullettino dell'Istituto di Diritto Romano "Vittorio Scialoja": 7, 2017
There are three important steps in the Hittite marriage: the promise (taranza), the obligation (hamenkanza), with the kūšata-payment, and, finally, the wedding, with the delivery of the dowry (iwaru). The most interesting phase is the second one, because it seems that the kūšata was the basis of the marriage law. When a kidnapper gives the kūšata for the girl kidnapped, she will be considered his legal wife, and if she was free, she should remain free. The kūšata-payment allows the marriage between people of different status: their children will be considered free, although one of the parents was a slave.