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I. Ancient Orient

The family in Mesopotamia was organized in a patrilineal manner; remnants of matrilineal family structures are to be found in Hittite myths, among the Amorite nomads of the early 2nd millennium BC and the Arab tribes of the 7th cent. BC. As a rule monogamy was predominant; marriage to concubines with lesser rights was possible, while there is evidence of polygamy particular…

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Renger, Johannes (Berlin), Feucht, Erika (Heidelberg), Macuch, Maria (Berlin), Gehrke, Hans-Joachim (Freiburg), Deißmann-Merten, Marie-Luise (Freiburg), Höcker, Christoph (Kissing) and Kuchenbuch, Ludolf (Hagen), “Family”, 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 15 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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