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Kin Groups In Northern Babylonia: Sippar, Kish, Der, And Cutha

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The cities of Sippar, Kish, Der, and Cutha are considered in this chapter as much for what they were no. as for what they were: they were not major population centers on the scale of Babylon, Borsippa, and Dilbat from which so many data on kin groups can be derived; they were, however, located in northern Babylonia. Excluding duplicates, forty-two legal or administrative tablets are available for a study of kin groups at the city of Sippar. The almost exclusive use of the two-tier genealogy at all four cities is remarkable considering that the three-tier genealogy was in use at Babylon, Borsippa, and Dilbat at this time. This discrepancy may reflect the smaller populations at Sippar, Kish, Cutha, and Der. It may not have been necessary to differentiate individuals at these cities by noting both patronym and family name in tablets.

Keywords: Cutha; Der; kin groups; Kish; Sippar



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