Socially Arranged Marriages

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Marriage has changed in many ways throughout the world over the passing of time. Marriage has changed because we as humans have evolved in how we think, how we act, and how we love. The reason for marriage has changed, the types of marriages have changed, and the conditions of marriage have changed. The reason for marriage has changed throughout time starting at arranged marriages in which wealth and property are the main factors to ending at present day where people marry for love. The people marry someone with whom they had connected and bonded with and wish to spend the rest of their lives with. In previous times, couples were not as lucky as we are now. Couples seldom knew each other and being in love was an even more rare occurrence. …show more content…

Polygamy, the practice of having multiple wives, was the most common form of marriage in early civilizations. Polygamy was common for many reasons, such as, having more wives increased the amount of children one could have which was necessary as children provided help around the home, Polygamy was also common as there were more women compared to men and in the past women were believed to have needed a man to help them. The case for an autonomic association between Christianity and monogamy is weakened further by the fact that socially imposed monogamy was first established in ancient Greece and Rome, centuries before Christianity even existed. Greek and Roman civilizations practiced Monogamy, the practice of having one wife, but their form of monogamy included the men having lovers on the side, which they often preferred over their wives. Even if Greek and Roman laws prohibited any man from having more than one official wife at a time, the practice of having partners on the side of marriage was still tolerated. Christianity began spreading through the Roman Empire in the first centuries and monogamy was already established but, Christianity did enforce modern-day monogamy which is a man having one wife while not having any outside partners. Also, even if Christianity did not bring about monogamy to civilized societies it did fully embrace it and it was what ultimately lead to the spread of socially imposed monogamy …show more content…

Polygamy, the practice of having multiple wives, was the most common form of marriage in early civilizations. Polygamy was common for many reasons, such as, having more wives increased the amount of children one could have which was necessary as children provided help around the home, Polygamy was also common as there were more women compared to men and in the past women were believed to have needed a man to help them. The case for an autonomic association between Christianity and monogamy is weakened further by the fact that socially imposed monogamy was first established in ancient Greece and Rome, centuries before Christianity even existed. Greek and Roman civilizations practiced Monogamy, the practice of having one wife, but their form of monogamy included the men having lovers on the side, which they often preferred over their wives. Even if Greek and Roman laws prohibited any man from having more than one official wife at a time, the practice of having partners on the side of marriage was still tolerated. Christianity began spreading through the Roman Empire in the first centuries and monogamy was already established but, Christianity did enforce modern-day monogamy which is a man having one wife while not having any outside partners. Also, even if Christianity did not bring about monogamy to civilized societies it did fully embrace it and it was what ultimately lead to the spread of socially imposed monogamy

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