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Headword: Leipandrein
Adler number: lambda,377
Translated headword: to be short of men, to lack manpower
Vetting Status: high
[They say that] when the Athenians wanted to enlarge the population because they were short of men, they decreed that [it would be permissible for a citizen] to marry one woman and procreate [sc. legitimately] by another -- which Socrates duly did.
Greek Original:
Leipandrein: boulêthentas Athênaious dia to leipandrein auxêsai to plêthos, psêphisasthai gamein men astên mian, paidopoieisthai de kai ex heteras. hothen touto poiêsai kai Sôkratên.
From Diogenes Laertius 2.26. But this supposed decree is highly dubious, and seems to be nothing more than an escape-route from the biographical confusion about the number and names of the wives of Socrates (sigma 829). (For a greater readiness to believe in it see Patterson 142-3.)
C. Patterson, Pericles' Citizenship Law of 451-450 BC (New York 1981)
Keywords: biography; constitution; gender and sexuality; geography; history; law; philosophy; women
Translated by: David Whitehead on 8 September 2001@08:51:10.
Vetted by:
Elizabeth Vandiver (Added italics; cosmetics; set status) on 7 November 2003@17:49:45.
David Whitehead (added keyword; cosmetics) on 9 November 2003@04:46:52.
David Whitehead (x-ref) on 27 August 2004@08:02:50.
David Whitehead on 17 April 2013@05:19:51.
Catharine Roth (another keyword) on 1 May 2020@23:15:13.


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