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Ancient Law and Hammurabi. Became the first king of the Babylonian Empire Wrote his own code of laws known as the Code of Hammurabi. Hammurabi ’ s Code. Important because It was very thorough It was written down for all to see. Hammurabi ’ s Code.

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Hammurabi s code
Hammurabi’s Code

  • Important because

    • It was very thorough

    • It was written down for all to see


Hammurabi s code1
Hammurabi’s Code

  • The stele containing the Code was found in 1901.

  • It is currently on display at the Lourve Museum in Paris, France.


Hammurabi s code2
Hammurabi’s Code

  • Law system was based on an “eye for an eye”

  • Your punishment depended on social status.

    • If a slave harmed a wealthy man, the slave’s punishments would be harsher than if a wealthy man harmed a slave.


Hammurabi s code of law

Hammurabi’s Code of Law

You be the Judge!



Hammurabi decrees in code 229
Hammurabi Decrees in Code 229 falls and kills the owner?

If a builder builds a house for a man and does not make its construction sound, and the house which he built collapses and causes the death of the owner of the house, the builder shall be put to death.


What should be done when a falls and kills the owner?“sister of god” (or nun) enters the wine shop for a drink?


Hammurabi decrees in code 110
Hammurabi Decrees in Code 110 falls and kills the owner?

If a “sister of god” (nun) who is not living in a convent opens a wine shop or enters a wine shop for drink, they shall burn that woman.



Hammurabi decrees in code 117
Hammurabi Decrees in Code 117 falls and kills the owner?

If a man in debt is unable to pay his creditors, he shall sell his wife, son, or daughter, or bind them over for service. For three years they shall work in the houses of their purchaser or master; in the fourth year they shall be given their freedom



Hammurabi decrees in code 109
Hammurabi Decrees in Code 109 characters gathered at her shop?

If bad characters gather in the house of a wine seller and she does not arrest those characters and bring them to the palace, that wine seller should be put to death.



Hammurabi decrees in code 143
Hammurabi Decrees in Code 143 belittles her husband?

If the woman has not been careful but has gadded about, neglecting her house and belittling her husband, they shall throw that woman into the water.



Hammurabi decrees in code 185
Hammurabi Decrees in Code 185 birth-parents want him back?

If a man takes in his own home a young boy as a son and rears him, one may not bring claim for that adopted son.



Hammurabi decrees in code 195
Hammurabi Decrees in Code 195 birth-parents want him back?

If a son strike his father, his hands shall be hewn off.



Hammurabi decrees in code 2
Hammurabi Decrees in Code 2 accusation against another?

If any one bring an accusation against a man, and the accused go to the river and leap into the river, if he sink in the river his accuser shall take possession of his house. But if the river prove that the accused is not guilty, and he escape unhurt, then he who had brought the accusation shall be put to death, while he who leaped into the river shall take possession of the house that had belonged to his accuser.


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