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Divorce
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The dissolution of marriage through divorce appears to have been possible everywhere in antiquity from Mesopotamia to Rome, of course not always in the same way for men and women. Thus in Egypt in the 1st millennium BC it was possible for women as well as men to make a declaration of divorce; in ancient Jewish law, as probably also in Mesopotamia, on the other hand, the repudiation was only declared by the husband. In any case, Jewish law also linked the dissolution of the marriage in the later, Talmudic period ( Halakha) with grounds for divorce ( Marriage IV.). In antiquity…

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Schiemann, Gottfried (Tübingen), “Divorce”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 25 January 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1103440>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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