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The Measure of MultitudePopulation in Medieval Thought$
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Peter Biller

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199265596

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199265596.001.0001

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Equal or Unequal Numbers of Men and Women

Equal or Unequal Numbers of Men and Women

(p.89) 4 Equal or Unequal Numbers of Men and Women
The Measure of Multitude

Peter Biller

Oxford University Press

Historians have examined chronicler Giovanni Villani's figures in order to reconstruct past demographic reality, but not to ask what the practice, figures, and phrases used by Villani represented in his and other people's minds: a notion of ‘sex-ratio’. If we go backwards in time from Villani — say, into the 12th century — do we find anything in this area? Did people ‘think’ the thought ‘sex-ratio’? This chapter considers when and how the notion emerged.

Keywords:   sex ratio, men, women, population, medieval demographic thought

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