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Genealogy
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In early societies, largely based on family organizations, genealogy as a derivation of a person's descent in the form of a pedigree is often used as a means of legitimation and (pseudo-historical) memory, which was always also directed at publicity (genealogy from Greek γενεαλογεῖν; genealogeîn, ‘to talk about [one's] origin’).

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I. Near East and Egypt

The purpose of lineage, transmitted in the form of a genealogy (generally patrilineal; exceptions in the case of Egyptian rulers)…

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Renger, Johannes (Berlin), Meister, Klaus (Berlin) and Rüpke, Jörg (Erfurt), “Genealogy”, 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 27 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e421360>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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