A Roman View of Polygamy

6 Even before that Bocchus had married a daughter of Jugurtha, but such a tie is not considered very binding among the Numidians and Mauri, since each of them has as many wives as his means permit — some ten, others more, and kings a still greater number. 7 Thus their affection is distributed among a large number; none of the wives is regarded as a consort, but all are equally misprised.

Sal. Jug. 80.6-7

Interesting in light of how important political connections through marriage were in the late republic, esp. Pompey’s marriage to Julia.

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