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This chapter presents summary of the book which studies 447 families of the lower stratum in the Neo-Assyrian Empire. These families are divided into seven groups for discussion: Slaves; Pledged persons; Persons enumerated in sales and lists of "Land and People"; Families attested in royal grants; Families of the Harran Census; Deportees and displaced families; and Recipients of rations. These lower stratum families are attested in 177 texts, which are divided into four main types: legal transactions, administrative records, court decisions, and letters. The families recorded in royal grants and personal decrees to temples were probably also tenants or temple employees of low rank. One of the central issues discussed in this book is single-parent families. A main conclusion of this book is the manifest reduction in the size of the families after 680 B.C. compared with the size of families before 681 B.C.

Keywords: deportees; Harran census; neo-Assyrian empire; pledged families; royal grants; single-parent families; slave families



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