By Laura Culbertson
The 7th within the Oriental Institute Seminar sequence, this quantity comprises papers that emerged from the seminar "Slaves and families within the close to East" held on the Oriental Institute March 5-6, 2010. regardless of common point out of enslaved humans in ancient documents from the traditional, medieval, and early smooth close to East, students fight to appreciate what defines this phenomenon in either specific contexts and more often than not. the aim of the seminar used to be to hunt new understandings of slavery via scholarly alternate and exploration of latest techniques. particularly, members tested slavery within the context of families, an method that permits students to reveal diverse dimensions of the phenomenon past uncomplicated monetary questions. families, even if family devices, temples, or the development blocks of political firms, can be utilized because the prism by which to view the dynamics between enslaved humans and their fast contacts. the quantity comprises micro-historical examinations of slavery in contexts spanning virtually 4 millennia.