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This introductory chapter presents an overview of the book The Lower Stratum Families in the Neo-Assyrian Period. The book examines the differences between the families listed in the various groups and re-checks the working hypotheses that have raised in the foregoing outline. It presents briefly two of the most important researches dealing with the subject covered. The most important study written on the subject of this volume was published by Fales in 1975. In addition to Fales's work, the researches of Karen Radner has to be highlighted, particularly noteworthy is her doctoral thesis, which centers on legal transactions in the Neo-Assyrian period. Fales compared 37 families and single people numbered in the "Harran Census" with 65 other families enumerated in legal transactions, of which 40 were slave families, 13 were pledged families, and 12 were families listed in sales of "Land and People".

Keywords: Fales; Harran Census; Karen Radner; Lower Stratum Families; neo-Assyrian period



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