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This work examines the evidence for marriage and sexual relations between siblings and between parent and child in ancient Egypt and pre-Islamic Iran. Incestuous relationships, as a cultural feature are usually dismissed for both ancient Egypt and Iran on the grounds that it is only found as the exception, being allowed for royalty as representatives for the divine on earth, or that the evidence for it is unreliable. Neither view, from the perspective of this study, is tenable. The book restricts its examination to the sources for incestuous relationships between members of non-royal nuclear families and puts forth the generally held axiom that the prohibition of incest is a universal phenomenon.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9788763507783
ISBN-10: 8763507781
Format: Hardback
(170mm x 240mm x 20mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Museum Tusculanum Press
Publisher: Museum Tusculanum Press
Publish Date: 28-Feb-2009
Country of Publication: Denmark

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Author Biography - Paul John Frandsen

Paul John Frandsen is a former associate Professor at the University of Copenhagen.