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  • Print publication year: 2011
  • Online publication date: September 2011

1 - Slavery in the ancient Near East

The literate Near East had at least two thousand years' experience of slavery by the time the Greeks under Alexander arrived with their own take on the institution. The appearance of slaves in literary texts is limited and not as suggestive as in the categories just named. However, the slave was a social type that sometimes had to be dealt with in texts copied for scribal education in the cuneiform tradition. Yet in Egypt and in the North-West Semitic-speaking areas of the Syrian and Palestinian coast, there is evidence for something like the ancient Near Eastern practice of slavery. From early in the Old Babylonian period, there are two monumental texts that show how slavery worked in theory. One is the Edict of Ammisaduga and the other is Hammurapi's so-called code, which recorded about 282 decisions of justice, some of which dealt with slaves.
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