Monogamy and Polygyny in Greece, Rome, and World History

17 Pages Posted: 10 Aug 2008

Date Written: June 2008

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Monogamy, Polygamy, Polygyny, Marriage

JEL Classification: J12

Suggested Citation

Scheidel, Walter, Monogamy and Polygyny in Greece, Rome, and World History (June 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1214729 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1214729

Walter Scheidel (Contact Author)

Stanford University ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305-2145
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www,stanford.edu/~scheidel

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