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I very much appreciate the reviewer's kind words about our recent work, The Age of Marriage in Ancient Rome. Overall I am pleased with his criticism, though I wish he had discussed what has recently become the general consensus of epigraphers and demographers, which was that males married on average at age 28 and females at 19. These are indeed important ages, and the crux of our thesis rests on them, though it is becuase we believe that these were not the average ages of first marriage, but rather the average ages that a husband's father died, so that the wife would become thereafter his predominant commemorator, and that a wife had produced living issue, so that her husband could keep the dowry and would commemorate her instead of her father. Without discussing these ages and the opinions about them, it is hard to give a clear picture of our work, as they were its impetus and our logical starting point.

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