TABLE 7-2The Wives of Despots

CountryCenturyRoyal HaremsReign
India5th B.C.16,000Udayama
15th A.D.12,000Deva Raya II
16th A.D.4,000-12,000
China618-907 A.D.10,000
Inca Peruearly 16th A.D.1,500 per province
Aztec Mexicoearly 16th A.D.4,000

SOURCE: Betzig (1993).

From: 7, An Evolutionary and Ecological Analysis of Human Fertility, Mating Patterns, and Parental Investment

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Offspring: Human Fertility Behavior in Biodemographic Perspective.
National Research Council (US) Panel for the Workshop on the Biodemography of Fertility and Family Behavior; Wachter KW, Bulatao RA, editors.
Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2003.
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