The Code of Hammurabi!

The Code of Hammurabi is a well-preserved Babylonian law code, dating back to about 1772 BC. It is one of the oldest deciphered writings of significant length in the world. The sixth Babylonian king, Hammurabi, enacted the code, and partial copies exist on a human-sized stone stele (an engraved stone or wooden slab, generally taller than it is wide, erected for funeral or commemorative purposes) and various clay tablets. The Code consists of 282 laws, with scaled punishments, adjusting “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth” as graded depending on social status, of slave versus free man.

Stele ( An upright stone or slab with an inscribed or sculptured surface) of Hammurabi's Code

Stele ( An upright stone or slab with an inscribed or sculptured surface) of Hammurabi’s Code

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Links to more information:

http://mesopotamia.mrdonn.org/hammurabi.html

http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Code_of_Hammurabi

Video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDALXORbtR4

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