Figure 1. Unknown monument with dextrarum iunctio. People’s Memorial Cemetery, Petersburg, VA. Photo: author.

Since Roman times a symbol of marital affection has been the dextrarum iunctio, the clasping of right hands. This image has been very common in the United States, especially in the nineteenth century. Above (figure 1) is an image of a dextrarum iunctio on a stone that has fallen and been mostly covered. I find it Romantic and, as the Italians would say, suggestivo. Figure 2 shows a Roman version.

Figure 2. Image of a Roman married couple on an urn. Museo Nazionale delle Terme di Diocleziano, Rome. Photo: Agnete. GNU Free Documentation License v. 1.2. Wikimedia Commons.

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A college professor living in Scranton, PA

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