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Selected Households From Middle Babylonian Sources

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This chapter includes descriptions of one hundred and seven of the best preserved households attested in the research corpus. In the Kassite texts that make up our corpus, a household appears as a sublist of individuals, linked together by their blood or marital relationships, found within a larger list of individuals recording the names and sometimes age and status of servile workers or slaves. Each household has a head, who is the principal person with whom the household is identified. The general principle followed in the arrangement of the elements of the household diagrams (circles, triangles, lines) is the determination that pronouns in family relationships (e.g., A.NI) refer back to the head of household unless there is a compelling reason to believe otherwise.

Keywords:households; Kassite texts; servile workers



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