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Another thing that makes a harem less necessary: divorce Other answers already discussed that the concept of monogamy was essential to Roman culture, at least in the sense that one could only have one legal husband/wife at a time. However, if the emperors eye falls upon a new woman, in a harem-culture the emperor would simply add this new woman to his harem. ...


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I would argue they most likely did. In Suetonius' book, The Twelve Caesars, the Roman biographer criticizes Domitian for allowing his concubines to comb his hair, act his servants, etc. Suetonius wasn't criticizing him for having concubines or for letting woman do his work, he was criticizing Domitian because he did it for sexual pleasure. To be fair, I don'...


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