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Kin Groups In Northern Babylonia: Babylon, Borsippa, And Dilbat

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The Assyrians recognized the political significance of Babylon in their efforts to control their southern neighbor in the first half of the first millennium; the emperor installed puppets, members of the royal family, or took the throne himself, but did not foster a vassal king at another Babylonian city to rival the importance of Babylon. Along with Babylon, the cities of Borsippa and Dilbat constituted the major urban population centers in Babylonia, though, the lack of a settlement survey encompassing these cities limits the availability of detailed knowledge about this region. Kin groups with family names were already a feature of society at Babylon in the eighth century. The prevalence of family names at these cities may in fact have resulted in the generation of new family names and some flexibility in their use.

Keywords: Borsippa; Dilbat; kin groups; Northern Babylonia



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