Slavery

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Debt Slaves and Prisoners of War

assyrian_head.jpg There were different forms of slaves, whether it was the debt slave, or the prisoner of war, these were the lowest on the ladder of social status. Most slaves were debtors or children of debtors. Anyone born in a family was considered blessed and slaves were common within a family, especially a wealthy family. Slaves were actually allowed to work out in return for monthly payments to his master. The more obedient and the more training, the more returns. The less obedient and the prisoners of war were forced to become "people of restricted freedom" and to work in the temple or palace.

 

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Assyrian Commanding Soldier

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Introduction
Assyria
Social Organizations
Slavery
The Family
Social Life
Conclusion
Map of the Fertile Crescent

Biblical Archaeology

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Ancient Assyrian Social Structure

"To give the people an example of the power of Ashur, my lord, I hung the heads of Sanduarri and Abdi-Milkutti round the necks of their most prominent citizens, whom, thus adorned, I made walk in procession along the streets of Nineveh, to the strains of singers accompanying themselves on harps." [King Essarhaddon]

Ancient Assyrian Social Structure 

Introduction
Assyria
Social Organizations
Slavery
The Family
Social Life
Conclusion
Map of the Fertile Crescent

Assyrian Social Structure

Biblical Archaeology

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