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Kin Groups In Central Babylonia: Nippur And Marad

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As one of Babylonias most venerable religious centers, Nippur enjoyed from early on the distinction of being the seat of Enlil, the king of the gods, even if no king ever made Nippur his capital city. Considering that many kin groups can be shown to be present at several Babylonian cities, it should be asked if Nippurs relative isolation affected the presence of such groups. The significant discrepancy in the amount of written evidence available from Marad and Nippur makes it difficult to draw any sound conclusions about the presence of kin groups with family names. Nevertheless, at Nippur there is a remarkable lack of family names in the tablets, while what little evidence there is from Marad suggests that family names were employed there, perhaps to an extent similar to that observed at Kish and Cutha during the same period.

Keywords: kin groups; Marad; Nippur



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