The Laws of the Hammurabi Code Analytical Essay by Nicky

The Laws of the Hammurabi Code
Looks at specific laws from the Hammurabi Code, the first formal codification governing behavior, created in about 1760 B.C.E.
# 146989 | 2,860 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Feb 01, 2011 in Anthropology (Middle Eastern) , History (Middle Eastern) , Law (General)

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This paper explains that, given the current lives of individuals in many countries of the Middle East and Africa, it is amazing to learn that the famous Hammurabi Code, which governed the relationship of men to each other almost 2000 years B.C.E., was created by a ruler of Babylon. Next, the author describes the discovery of a stela, in Turkey in 1901, upon which the code was written in cuneiform. The paper relates several of the 282 Hammurabi laws, which mirror some of the laws in today's society. The Hammurabi Code very precisely and comprehensively accounts for almost all possible human faults of society and of family and includes appropriate penalties.

From the Paper:

"While slavery was prevalent and easily accepted, given the times, Slaves also had protection under the law. Children of slaves resulting from the marriage of sex between a free individual and a slave were considered free, the stigma of slavery having been removed. A free woman who was married to a slave could retain all the property from her own dowry and her slave-husband's assets. If the slave died, then the property was divided: one half was given to the man who owned the slave; the rest of the property was retained by the woman to help her raise her children."

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  • Cook, Stanley Arthur. The Laws of Moses and the Code of Hammurabi. London,: A. and C. Black, 1903.
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