A peculiar institution? Greco–Roman monogamy in global context

  title={A peculiar institution? Greco–Roman monogamy in global context},
  author={W. Scheidel},
  journal={The History of the Family},
  pages={280 - 291}
  • W. Scheidel
  • Published 2009
  • Sociology
  • The History of the Family
  • In what sense were the ancient Greeks and Romans monogamous, and why does it matter? This paper addresses this question from a transdisciplinary and global cross-cultural perspective. It considers the physical and anthropological record of polygyny, delineates the historical expansion of formal monogamy, and critiques complementary social science models of mate choice. This approach allows us to situate Greco–Roman practice on a spectrum from traditional polygamy to more recent forms of… CONTINUE READING
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