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Full Brother-Sister Marriage in Roman Egypt: Another Look

Essay Excerpt

The purpose of this paper is twofold: first, to present circumstantial evidence that permits inferences regarding the conditions giving rise to this occurrence; second, to comment on its wider implications for understanding the relationship of a phylogenetically pervasive biopsychological phenomenon (that is, inbreeding avoidance) to a sociocultural one (that is, the incest taboo) (Parker 1995). The latter issue has engendered considerable controversy in the anthropological literature.  (Parker, 362)

About the Author

Parker is a Professor of Anthropology at The University of Utah.

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