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Children'S Age

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The Assyrians customarily defined children by their height and their state of dependence on their mother. The size/"age" of 147 children are attested in the texts studied in this chapter: 136 of them feature in five groups (Slaves, "Land and People", Royal grants, The Harran Census, and Deportees), and the remaining 11 are enumerated in lists of "Fathers and Sons" of the Harran Census. About two thirds are sons, and only one third - daughters. In the Slave group, the age of only 22 children (17%) is mentioned; a similar ratio (nine children, 18%) is attested in the group of "Land and People". In the Deportee group, the age of 36 children (48%) is attested; and in the Harran Census the age of about 50% of the children is indicated. In the Royal grants group, the age of only 11 children is mentioned.

Keywords: Assyrians; children's age; deportees; Harran census; royal grants; slaves



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