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Hammurabi's Code Of Law VS Modern Day Laws.
Transcript of Hammurabi's Code Of Law VS Modern Day Laws.
Some Of The Laws
Hammurabi's code and today's laws both offer protection of property and different punishments for different crimes based on severity.
Vanessa, Miguel, & Roger
Hammurabi is the best known and most celebrated of all Mesopotamian kings.
He ruled the Babylonian Empire from 1792-50 B.C.E
Who Was Hammurabi?
He was concerned about keeping order in his kingdom but that wasn't the only reason for compiling the list of laws.
As he conquered other cities and his empire grew, he saw the need to unify the groups he controlled.
To achieve this goal, he needed one universal set of laws for all the people he conquered, the Hammurabi Code.
Hammurabi's code of laws was written in a stone monument that stood approximately seven feet tall and was called a stele, where the upper portion showed a picture of Hammurabi standing in front of a seated sun god.
What is Hammurabi's Code?
The Code of Hammurabi, (or Codex Hammurabi) is a set of 282 laws and penalties devised by the Babylonian King, Hammurabi.
Hammurabi's code included more that two hundred and thirty-two laws, most resulting in a punishment of death or loss of limb if a law was broken
If a person has borne false witness, he shall pay out of pocket.
Without a divorce arangement...marriage with someone else is invalid.
"If he has borne false witness in a civil law case, he shall pay the damages in that suit"
"If a life has been lost, the city or district governor shall pay one mina of silver"
If a man has taken a wife and has not executed a marriage contract, that woman is not a wife"
If a person is convicted of perjury he shall be punished by a fine of no more than $1,000, imprisonment, or both.
If a person dies, the city pays nothing.
A couple must have gone through the whole process of divorce in order to marry someone else"
Similarities And Differences?
Hammurabi's code may not seem very different from more recent laws and presidents that guide the processes of a trial. But there are a few major differences between ancient Babylon and today's laws. Hammurabi's code required accusers to bring the accused to court by themselves. Unlike today's laws it is required by law for the accused to show up to court.
To Sum It All Up
Johns, C.H.W. "Code of Hammurabi." Code of Hammurabi. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Nov. 2013
"4c. Hammurabi's Code: An Eye for an Eye." Hammurabi's Code: An Eye for an Eye [ushistory.org]. Ushistory.org, 2008. Web. 04 Nov. 2013.