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Kings might have as many as several hundred wives, and in some periods other high officials took more than one wife.

Also, the tradition of brother/sister or father/daughter marriages was mostly confined to the royalty of Egypt, at least until the Greek period.

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The concept of marriage in Egypt is not an easy topic.

Yet from the 13th Dynasty (1795-1650 BC) on polygamy was common among kings and some of the ruling elite.

While one principal wife (hemet nesw weret) was chosen, others were probably taken by the king in order to assure a royal heir, or cement relationships with foreign countries or even powerful regional leaders.

It has been suggested that the term hebswt might more accurately describe a second or third wife after the first one died or was divorced.

Of course, our modern, romantic concept of marriage is a relationship based on love between partners who consent to share their lives together.

The average age for girls to enter puberty was 12 to 13, and around 14 for boys.