‚Incestuous’ Marriage in Achaemenid Iran: Myths and Realities

  title={‚Incestuous’ Marriage in Achaemenid Iran: Myths and Realities},
  author={Joan M. Bigwood},
Abstract Greek and Roman authors often state that it was allowable for Persians to marry mothers, daughters and other very close relatives, claims that many modern scholars accept as valid for the Achaemenid, as well as for later years. This article re-examines the ancient sources for such marriages in the Achaemenid era, both the general statements and the tales of specific unions, and argues that the evidence for marital alliances between parent and child, and those between full siblings, is… 

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