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Marriage, Age at
(1,038 words)

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I. Object of Research and Method

In pre-industrial societies, the age of husband and wife at first marriage - alongside mortality and the menopause - determined the time-span available for procreation. An extension of this period usually caused a proportional rise in fertility. At the same time, the age of the husband influenced the size of the generation gap and the social and legal relations within the oíkos and familia. Ancient historians ha…

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Wiesehöfer, Josef (Kiel), “Marriage, Age at”, 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 01 July 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e505610>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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