Monogamy and Polygyny in Greece, Rome, and World History
In what sense were the ancient Greeks and Romans monogamous, and why does it matter? This paper summarizes the physical and anthropological record of polygyny, briefly sketches the historical expansion of formal monogamy, considers complementary theories of mate choice, and situates Greco-Roman practice on a spectrum from traditional polygamy to more recent forms of normative monogyny.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 17
Keywords: Monogamy, Polygamy, Polygyny, Marriage
JEL Classification: J12working papers series
Date posted: August 10, 2008
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