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Headword: *leipandrei=n
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:
*leipandrei=n: boulhqe/ntas *)aqhnai/ous dia\ to\ leipandrei=n au)ch=sai to\ plh=qos, yhfi/sasqai gamei=n me\n a)sth\n mi/an, paidopoiei=sqai de\ kai\ e)c e(te/ras. o(/qen tou=to poih=sai kai\ *swkra/thn.
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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