Brother-Sister Marriage in Roman Egypt

@article{Hopkins1980BrotherSisterMI,
  title={Brother-Sister Marriage in Roman Egypt},
  author={Keith W. Hopkins},
  journal={Comparative Studies in Society and History},
  year={1980},
  volume={22},
  pages={303 - 354}
}
  • Keith W. Hopkins
  • Published 1 July 1980
  • History, Physics
  • Comparative Studies in Society and History
A Favourable Horoscope: ‘If a son is born when the Sun is in the terms of Mercury, he will be successful and have great power … He will be brave and tall and will acquire property and moreover will be married to his own sister and will have children by her.’ 
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