Early Roman women were forbidden to drink wine, and a husband who found his wife drinking was at liberty to kill her. But elaborate dinner parties with good food and lots of drunkenness were necessary for patricians to display their wealth to their friends and make business deals from the earliest times. Theirs wives were often invited for the same reasons. So most Romans just ignored this law, unless of course they wanted a good reason to get rid of their spouse and couldn’t think of anything else to accuse them of. Divorce on these grounds was last recorded in Rome in 194 B.C.