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Numerical Proportions Among Family Members

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The numerical proportions among family members in the Neo-Assyrian period have been discussed in previous studies, especially by Fales. Of the 447 families discussed in this book, the chapter covers data of 181, as follows: 73 slave families, 15 pledged families, 17 families enumerated in sales of "Land and People", 11 families enumerated in the Royal grants, 35 families enumerated in the Harran Census, 17 families of Deportees, 13 families enumerated in the lists of ration recipients. The average family in this sample of 181 families consists of 3.20 persons: 0.78 men, 0.88 women, 0.80 sons, and 0.55 daughters, 0.20 "others". There is almost a balance between men and women. There are significant differences between the number of sons and the number of daughters in the average family. Only 37 of the 580 persons constituting these 181 families are "others": brothers, sisters, mothers, slaves, maids, and more.

Keywords: deportees families; Fales; family members; Harran census; neo-Assyrian period; pledged families; Royal grants; slave families



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