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Sons, Descendants, And Family Names: Problems, Sources, And Approaches

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The study of kin groups throughout Babylonia over a defined period of time is based on a prosopography of kin groups and the individual members of each kin group between the years 747 and 626 BC. The data derived from this prosopography have been used to analyze the structure of kin groups and to examine where various kin groups were present and predominant throughout Babylonia. Many of the tablets employed in this study were generated by the activities of the temples. Anthropological concepts about kinship and the terminology used within the field to categorize kinship structures are a necessary starting point for the consideration of early Neo-Babylonian kin groups. In addition to the distinction made between family and kin group, English terms are used throughout the dissertation for kin ties for which there is a clear English equivalent.

Keywords: anthropological concepts; Babylonia; kin groups; kinship



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