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Hammurabi's Code

Post  rosim. on Sat Nov 15, 2014 10:15 pm

Hammurabi is the best known and most celebrated of all Mesopotamian kings. He ruled the Babylonian Empire from 1792-50 B.C.E. Although he was concerned with keeping order in his kingdom, this was not his only reason for compiling the list of laws. When he began ruling the city-state of Babylon, he had control of no more than 50 square miles of territory. As he conquered other city-states and his empire grew, he saw the need to unify the various groups he controlled.


"An eye for an eye ..." is a paraphrase of Hammurabi's Code, a collection of 282 laws inscribed on an upright stone pillar. The code was found by French archaeologists in 1901 while excavating the ancient city of Susa, which is in modern-day Iran

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Re: Hammurabi's Code

Post  Ophirkes on Mon Nov 17, 2014 5:36 pm

Wow Rosi! You wrote a very interesting topic. By the way, I love the way you actually inserted a quote in there! Anyways, Hammurabi’s code was what kept his empire together and it kept it under control too. He believed that without these set of 282 rules, his rule would be bad and there would be a lot of crime and punishment. Now days, his rules won’t work for many reasons and here is a quote that says that: “an eye for an eye would make the world go blind”.

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Post  dashas on Tue Nov 25, 2014 3:13 pm

Good topic! All the 282 laws are carved in the stele. The Hammurabi code is divided into Civil Law, Family Law, Criminal Law, and Economic Law.

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