BROTHER-SISTER MARRIAGE IN ROMAN EGYPT

@article{Scheidel1997BROTHERSISTERMI,
  title={BROTHER-SISTER MARRIAGE IN ROMAN EGYPT},
  author={Walter Scheidel},
  journal={Journal of Biosocial Science},
  year={1997},
  volume={29},
  pages={361 - 371}
}
  • W. Scheidel
  • Published 1 July 1997
  • History
  • Journal of Biosocial Science
According to official census returns from Roman Egypt (first to third centuries CE) preserved on papyrus, 23·5% of all documented marriages in the Arsinoites district in the Fayum (n=102) were between brothers and sisters. In the second century CE, the rates were 37% in the city of Arsinoe and 18·9% in the surrounding villages. Documented pedigrees suggest a minimum mean level of inbreeding equivalent to a coefficient of inbreeding of 0·0975 in second century CE Arsinoe. Undocumented sources of… 

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