Studying the bet av was interesting but nothing really came as a shock. Somewhere hidden inside my brain I knew that in ancient times there were many cultures that prearranged marriages and treated basically everything as property, so it didn’t come to surprise that it was the same for these people we have looked at. I didn’t specifically know the details, just that to think of ancient times compared to modern times like marriage (or really anything else) is definitely going to end up surprising anyone. I would expect that our definition of modern marriage and modern life didn’t really exist until very recently on the grand scheme of humanity’s time spent on earth. It’s really just another example of forgetting what you expect things to be like when coming into a class like this and learning about old traditions and practices, especially if you expect them to be similar to modern things. I do think it is a little funny that a woman was worth a few goats, cows, or whatever it was that they wanted in exchange for her. It’s not shocking, but it is a little hard to believe that they would trade for that given our thoughts of the pricelessness of life and freedom today.