Monogamy And Polygamy

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Monogamy and polygamy in marriages is a very sensitive, and judgemental subject in the modern day but one can argue that in the Roman world, both monogamy and polygamy was no dishonor. Women were “fit” to play the monogamous role, and men to play the polygamous role due to society 's outlook. .The binding upon a man and women in the Roman era was based on their marriage in which did not have to be permanent nor was based on true emotions. The marriage consistently occurred with unfaithfulness from a man to his wife. It is very well believed that monogamy came from Christianity, but the Romans began practicing it prior to them although religions did contribute to expanding the practice. Today, monogamy is primarily done in thoughts of a religion, …show more content…
A lot of modifying has occurred in between the ages, yet several ideas and tools have remained without much change, unlike marriage. “ Marriage, among them, was not so much a religious ceremony inculcating and requiring solemn vows of binding obligation, as a civil compact, instituted for purposes of mere present convenience or family aggrandizement” (The History and Philosophy of Marriage 81). One’s marriage could have incorporated love or passion, but generally, the principle of the relationship was for power, money, nonemotional purposes. It had no form in the social system, it had several meanings to its vows but never really inquired the feeling that they must have like today, marriage was passing a daughter off to create a family with someone who she may or may not know or even enjoy their presence. “ The style of marriage was not really important. Its function was quite simple; to change a woman 's status from that of a young maid, virgo, to that of a mother, mater”(Marriage in the Roman Empire). The marriages were not required permanent, although that still remains true to this day, the idea of what marriage is and its purpose has definitely been accommodated for the …show more content…
Christianity did require monogamy, although the romans were highly aware and performing this way before it became “biblical”. “Christianity was profoundly influenced by its development within the Roman Empire” (Anne). Romans threw out the idea of monogamy into the civilization, but religions assisted into expanding that idea even further along. Today, Christians believe it is a sin to ignore the idea of being faithful to one another because if the bible. As research has shown, no text in the bible clearly prohibits the action of going against monogamous relationships. “ no Biblical passages explicitly prohibit plural marriage. Indeed, leaders of breakaway Christian polygamous sects, like 16th-century German Anabaptists and 19th-century American Mormons, have always been eager to point out that several central Old Testament figures are polygynists. Abraham, for instance, had two wives simultaneously, and Solomon had 700 (plus 300 concubines)” (Price). Religiously, the idea of being monogamous is more of having a clean conscious rather than going to “hell” because even in the Bible, God allowed his men to have several wives without punishment

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