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Of the 447 families, the size of 327 is clear; the size of most of the other families is unclear but can be estimated; and the size of only 15 families is wholly uncertain. In the other 21 families only the father and the sons are attested. In this chapter the clear and the unclear data are arranged according to the seven working groups. The size of the pledged families differs greatly before and after 681/680 B.C., as with the slave families. The discussion on the size of the families in the Harran Census is divided into two main parts: families attested in texts 135-145, and "fathers and sons" listed in texts 146-149. One of the main conclusions of the chapter is the manifest reduction in the size of the families after 680 B.C. compared with the size before 681 B.C.

Keywords: Harran Census; pledged families; slave families



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