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A Survey Of The Lower Stratum Families

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This chapter surveys all 447 Lower Stratum families in the Neo-Assyrian period. The study of each family opens with citation of the text in which it is attested, followed by a short commentary. Occasionally the operative section of the text is newly restored. Each entry for every family also includes a study of the formulation of the text and terminology; family type and size, personal names, and professions; marriage pattern and children's age. Other aspects of the texts examined are the prices and the identity of the parties engaged in legal transactions. The chapter is divided into seven main parts as follows: Slaves; Pledged Persons; Persons enumerated in sales and lists of "Land and People"; Royal Grants; The "Harran Census"; Deportees and Displaced Persons; Recipients of Rations. In each part the families are presented chronologically: the undated texts are arranged by their archives, and are followed by the unassigned texts.

Keywords: Harran census; legal transactions; lower stratum families; Neo-Assyrian period; royal grants; slave families



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