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The Servile Work Force In Local And National Perspective

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Significant portions of Nippur residents and workers are missing in the documentation, in effect leaving us with no equivalent group with which to contrast the servile population. Recently, archaeologists have suggested that the group of mounds representing ancient Nippur, after having been virtually abandoned for nearly four hundred years beginning in the eighteenth century, was fully occupied within the city limits - represented by the newly constructed city wall - during the fourteenth and thirteenth centuries. After the collapse of the First Dynasty of the Sealand in the fifteenth century, the Kassite kings consolidated southern Mesopotamia into a single territorial state. The principal states of the Near East underwent a major realignment during the middle decades of the fourteenth century. During the Kassite period, the three most important urban centers in southern Mesopotamia seem to have been Babylon, Dur-Kurigalzu, and Nippur.

Keywords: Babylon; Dur-Kurigalzu; Kassite period; Nippur; servile population



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