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Amorites. Hammurabi. Successful general Defeated Sumerians and Akkad around 1760 B.C.E Helped his people conquer Mesopotamia A famous Babylonian Monarch Created one of the first empires by uniting Mesopotamia under one ruler. Hammurabi. Improved the irrigation process of his empire

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  • Successful general
  • Defeated Sumerians and Akkad around 1760 B.C.E
  • Helped his people conquer Mesopotamia
  • A famous Babylonian Monarch
  • Created one of the first empires by uniting Mesopotamia under one ruler
  • Improved the irrigation process of his empire
  • Strongly encouraged astronomy, mathematics, and literature
the code of hammurabi
The Code of Hammurabi
  • Was created by Hammurabi
  • First known code of laws in ancient civilizations
  • Used to keep order in the empire
  • Contained the concepts of “an eye for an eye” or “lex talionis”
  • Established rules for common issues

Code of Hammurabi

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The Code of Hammurabi
  • Created standards for behavior
  • Created punishments
  • They were posted in the cities’ temple
  • Written in cuneiform
  • Hammurabi
the code of hammurabi2
The Code of Hammurabi
  • 282 total laws
  • Written around 1786 B.C.E
  • Carved in forty-nine columns of stone tablets called stele
the code of hammurabi3
The Code of Hammurabi
  • Addressed topics such as civil, commercial, family, and criminal laws
  • Some laws showed favoring towards higher social classes
      • “If a man strikes the cheek of a freeman who is superior in rank to himself, he shall be beaten with 60 stripes with a whip of ox-hide in the assembly”
impact of ideas
Impact of Ideas
  • Many later documents used ideas from the Code of Hammurabi
  • When the Kassites conquered Babylon and controlled Mesopotamia they still used Hammurabi’s Code
  • Established the authority of the government for Babylon and other societies
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Impact of Ideas
  • Some historians suggest that many aspects of the Bible include borrowed ideas from Hammurabi’s Code
      • The 10 Commandments
      • Levitical Law contains the concept of an eye for an eye
      • The laws of Melchizedek (the land that the Bible said God told Abraham to live on)
  • Spoke language related to Hebrew
  • Wrote on clay tablets
      • Cuneiform writing
  • Elaborate palaces and temple buildings
      • Art and architecture were influenced by other Mesopotamian cultures
  • Worshiped Sumerian gods
  • Told Sumerian myths and tales
  • Created a new god they worshipped
      • Marduk
  • The Epic of Gilgamesh was created and contributed to religion
social institutions
Social Institutions
  • Split up into 2 groups: traders and workers
  • Society of farmers, free citizens, and merchants
  • Priests served gods and cared for the welfare of his subjects.
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Social Institutions
  • Monarchy
  • Became more powerful
  • Used power to collect taxes and make a strong army
  • Strong central government needed a set of laws to keep order(Hammurabi's Code)
social institutions2
Social Institutions
  • Instead of city-states they created one big kingdom
  • Their most famous king was Hammurabi
  • The Code of Hammurabi set up the rules for each social class.
  • Based on Sumerian civilization
  • Relied on sun god: Marduk
  • Ruler was Hammurabi
  • Hammurabi’s Code gave empire order
  • Traded with Canaan and Anatolia
      • Reflected art and agriculture
      • Traded cloth for gold
human environment interactions
Human Environment Interactions


  • Division into kingdoms replaced city-states of Sumerians
  • Kings chose the land people were given and which land would be dedicated to farming
human environment interaction
Human Environment Interaction


  • Grew wheat and barely
  • Created better irrigation systems
  • Domesticating animals
  • Creating better roads and improving wheels led to population growth
cooperation and conflict
Cooperation and Conflict
  • Sumerians fell and Mesopotamia went in a conflicted era
  • Amorites traveled into Mesopotamia, and recreated their civilization but with improvements
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Cooperation and Conflict
  • The fall of the Amorites was called the Dark Age
  • Kassites took over and the language of the Amorites faded into the south of Mesopotamia
  • the Amorites lived in Canaan and in the

Eastern part of the fertile crescent

social classes
Social Classes
  • 2 forms of slaves – (Wardu)
    • Debtors working for freedom
    • Prisoners of War/ women + children sold to pay a debt
  • Slaves were occasionally sold to pay labors
social classes cont
Social Classes cont.
  • 2 forms of free citizens
    • Higher (Anilu)
    • Lower (Mushkenu)
  • Military + civil services are under free citizens
  • Nobles and rulers are the final rung

  • In the Western part of Mesopotamia

now known as Arabia

  • Hot and dry climate in the summer; cold and wet in winter
  • Fertile land, major waterways to help with trade
  • Also the Mountain range Jebel Bishiri
  • Built around the Euphrates
technology inventions
Technology/ Inventions
  • Centralized government
  • A new God (Marduk)
  • Established the 1st dynasty
  • 1st written code of laws
cooperation and conflict2
Cooperation and Conflict
  • Nebuchadnezzar led a revival in 1000 BCE
  • Agum I took over Babylon after the Hittite rule
  • Samsu-ditanna was the last king
  • Traded with every city-state in the Euphrates river valley
governmental ideas
Governmental ideas
  • 1st set of written laws
  • Had one central city-state, Babylon
  • Divisions of kingdoms eliminated city- states
  • Development of personal ownership/ private property
  • Priests didn’t control the economy anymore
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Social Institutions
  • Religion
    • Worshipped the Moon god(Sin) + Amurru
    • Amurru is possibly where they got the name Amorites
    • Believed in an after life
    • Believed their king was a god
  • Government
    • Scribes kept track of everything
    • Hereditary Monarchy
social institutions cont
Social Institutions Cont.
  • Schools (Tablet School)
    • Children began school at age 8 or 9
    • Had schools for scribes
    • Took 12 years
    • Mostly boy students
    • Senior students helped the


cultural development
Cultural development
  • Bronze began to be used
  • Passed on stories orally

ex.) “Epic of Gilgamesh”

  • Looked at monarch as a god
  • Religion was part of their everyday culture
  • Hammurabi:
    • Wrote the 1st code of laws
    • Very one gender sided
    • Created a man based society
    • Women became slaves and household objects
    • Changed laws everywhere
  • Was controlled by priest
  • Changed hands with Hammurabi’s rule
  • Trade thrived in this area because:
    • Large cities
    • Their geographical location (rivers)

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Impact of Ideas
  • Freed certain people from taxes
  • Switched from independent city-states to kingdoms made up of city-states
  • Changes in the economic system
    • control shifted from religious leaders to king/government
fun facts
Fun Facts!
  • Famous for Hammurabi’s Code
  • Hittites conquered the Amorites then left, then the Kassites came and occupied the territory
  • First to inhabit Canaan + Babylonia area
  • Established first Babylonian dynasty
  • Jebel Bishiri – Syria named after the Amorites
  • Amorites were also known as the Old Babylonians who were mountainous people and warriors
  • The Amorites ruled the empire from 1900-1600 B.C.E known as the Old Babylonian Period
  • They were a group of Semites that gained control of Mesopotamia after the fall of the last Sumerian dynasty
  • In the fertile crescent
  • Occupied the area west of the Euphrates River
  • Babylon was the capitol of the Amorite Empire
  • The area the Amorites occupied included the cities:
  • Mari
  • Rapiqum
  • Sippar
  • Babylon
  • Eshunna
  • Malgium
  • Nippur
  • Isir
  • Uruk
  • Larsa
  • Lagash
  • Ur
  • Eridu
location cont
Location cont.
  • Occupied modern-day Syria
  • Northern area was composed of hills and plains
  • It was fertile because of rivers flowing down from the mountains
  • Southern area had marshy areas and desolate plains
  • Amorites used the Akkadian language as their spoken language
  • Used cuneiform for many of their documents
  • Used the Sumerian language as their religious language
  • Polytheistic
  • They adopted the Sumerian religion
  • Main god was Marduk which is the only god that they imported
  • Did not care about life after death
  • Focused mainly on life itself
important individuals
Important Individuals
  • Hammurabi: the sixth ruler of Babylonia, who created the first set of written laws
  • Gilgamesh: legendary king discovers the secret of floods and defies the gods
  • Samsu-Ditana: last king of the

First Babylonian Dynasty

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Social Classes
  • Social Pyramid:
    • Noblemen
    • Commoners
    • Women
    • Slaves
  • New kings came to rule:
    • Many people were freed
    • New societies
  • Hammurabi’s Code
  • The famous Venus Tablets of Ammis


  • The Epic of Gilgamesh
    • Gilgamesh searched for immortality
    • Learned from the only man who survived a great flood created by the gods
    • Gilgamesh also conquered the demon, Huwawa, who lived in the cedar forest
    • Gilgamesh wanted Cedar Wood and encountered the Huwawa and killed it
  • Adopted many of the Sumerians’ technological advancements:
    • Wheel
    • Boat/Ships
    • Metallurgy
    • Irrigation Systems
  • Helped with trade and records
  • Developed multiplication and exponents
  • Tablets recovered including signs of:
    • Fractions
    • Algebra
    • Quadratic Equations
    • Cubic Equations
    • Pythagorean Theorem
arts architecture
  • Had an abundance of mudbrick
  • Built temples supported by buttresses
  • Use of brick led to the early development of pilaster and column
  • Walls were brilliantly colored and plated with zinc or gold
  • Assyrians adopted later on
  • Always prepared for wars
  • Wars rarely occurred
  • War against Gibeon:
    • 5 kings of Amorite marched together to attack Gibeon
    • Felt threatened by Gibeon’s wealth, power, and military status
    • They attacked Gibeon
    • Gibeon survived b/c of King Joshua’s cunning plots and tactics
  • Established a bureaucracy: a system of government
  • Were first to have a set of laws which was Hammurabi’s Code
  • Hammurabi’s Code was written around 1792-1750 B.C.E.
effect on mesopotamia
Effect on Mesopotamia
  • Changed city-states into kingdoms
  • Men, cattle, and land ceased to belong to the gods or the temples and kings
  • Brought lasting repercussions in its political, social and economic structure


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