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Slavery in Mesopotamia/Sumer

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by Rue Ratray on 21 September 2012

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Transcript of Slavery in Mesopotamia/Sumer

What is the logic behind this system? What is the meaning of this symbol? Let's look at some model notes. What do each of these pictures tell us about slavery in Mesopotamia? Slavery was an accepted part of life in Sumer and slaves were the lowest in the caste system. A person could find themselves a slave for several reasons, such as prisoners of war, debt, or born into slavery. Husbands could also sell their wives into slavery and parents could sell their children into slavery. Slaves did hold a few rights. They could borrow money, own property, engage in trade, serve as a witness in a legal matter, and buy their freedom. A slave who purchased their freedom or was freed by their owner could not be forced back into slavery. The slave class did not appear to hold any particular negative social stigma with Sumerian citizens. They held the belief that a person who found their self a slave did so out of misfortune rather than any fault of their own. Was being a slave in Mesopotamia part of your identity? This is what we decided yesterday:
Slaves could be become free.
Their lives were terrible. 1. Where was Mesopotamia?
2. What two major rivers are in Mesopotamia?
3. Who was Hammurabi?
4. What was Hammurabi’s code?
5. What modern day country is Mesopotamia in?
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