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Neil Pa

on 16 October 2014

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Transcript of DOCUMENT E

The Laws
1. Examine laws 196 and 199. How do you think Hammurabi would justify the different punishments for the same crime?

I think law 196 is fair because no bad deed will go unpunished. 199 is not fair because people needed to be treated equally.


196- If a man has knocked out the eye of a free man, his eye shall be knocked out
199- If he has knocked out the eye of slave.....he shall pay half his value.
Question #1
2. What is the meaning of "fruit of her womb"?
"Fruit of her Womb" means child.
Question #2
3. How might Hammurabi argue that laws 215 and 218 were just?
I think Hammurabi can argue that laws 215 and 218 are fair because in law 215 someone saves a man's life he shall get rewarded. In law 218 it is fair because someone killed someone.


215- If a surgeon has operated with bronze lancet o the body of a freeman...and saves the mans life, he shall receive 10 shekels of silver
218- If a surgeon has operated with a bronze lancet on a free man for a serious injury, and has caused his death, ... his hands shall be cut off
Question #3
4. How could you use these laws about personal injury to argue that Hammurabi's Code was not just?

I think the laws are fair because if someone hurts someone they could get a punishment. If someone helps someone they should get a reward.
Question #4
5. Is justice absolute? That is, is a just punishment in 1800 BCE also a just punishment today? Explain your thinking.
Justice is not absolute. A punishment in 1800 BCE is a very unfair because if someone knocks a persons eye out, the person who did it might go to court and jail for about a year. If someone messed up on a surgery and killed someone, I think the doctor should be fired and not be allowed to do anything medical again.
Question #5
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