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Today s aim who was hammurabi and why is a written code of law important to a civilization

Today’s Aim: Who was Hammurabi and why is a written code of law important to a civilization?

Stone monument showing Hammurabi standing on his code


Do now
Do Now:

Read textbook pages 24-25

Reading Focus:

Hammurabi wrote 282 laws to govern the people of Babylon. Historians and scholars agree that these ancient laws were the first to cover all aspects of society. However, they do not agree whether Hammurabi’s laws were fair or cruel.


Discussion questions
Discussion Questions

  • What is a civilization? How did the development of writing influence the Babylonian civilization?

  • Why is written law important to any society?


You decide hammurabi s laws fair or cruel
You Decide…Hammurabi’s Laws: Fair or Cruel?

  • Law # 5:

    If a judge makes an error through his own fault when trying a case, he must pay a fine, be removed from the judge’s bench, and never judge another case.


You Decide…Hammurabi’s Laws: Fair or Cruel?

  • Law # 22:

    If someone is caught in the act of robbery, then he shall be put to death.


You Decide…Hammurabi’s Laws: Fair or Cruel?

  • Law # 195:

    If a son strikes his father, the son’s hand shall be cut off.


You Decide…Hammurabi’s Laws: Fair or Cruel?

  • Law # 122:

    If someone gives something to someone else for safe keeping, the transaction should be witnessed and a contract made between the two parties.


You Decide…Hammurabi’s Laws: Fair or Cruel?

  • Law # 202:

    If someone strikes a man of higher rank, then he shall be whipped 60 times in public.


You Decide…Hammurabi’s Laws: Fair or Cruel?

  • Law # 233:

    If a contractor builds a house for someone and the walls start to fall, then the builder must use his own money and labor to make the walls secure.


You Decide…Hammurabi’s Laws: Fair or Cruel?

  • Law # 3:

    If someone falsely accuses someone else of certain crimes, then he shall be put to death.


Make the law fair
Make the Law Fair!

Choose one of Hammurabi’s Laws that you feel is too cruel and change the punishment to make it fair.


Take the role of a historian
Take the role of a historian…

Do you think the laws were fair or cruel? Write a paragraph that explains how you view Hammurabi’s laws and explain the importance of a written code of law.


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