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No man would dare Hot divorced women wells a convicted adulteress with neither fortune nor fame. Further, we have no evidence that anyone in the ancient world, man or woman, divorced five times. The closest parallel is the first-century B. General Pompey the Great, who married five times: he was divorced twice and widowed twice.

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