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Hammurabi and the Law Code. Hammurabi: 1792-1750 BC. Hammurabi. Sixth king of Babylon, ruled 42 years Conquered most of Mesopotamia Composed a law code of 282 laws to govern society Hammurabi’s Code is one of the oldest surviving codes of law ever written. Hammurabi’s Code Stele.

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hammurabi
Hammurabi
  • Sixth king of Babylon, ruled 42 years
  • Conquered most of Mesopotamia
  • Composed a law code of 282 laws to govern society
  • Hammurabi’s Code is one of the oldest surviving codes of law ever written
hammurabi s code
Hammurabi’s Code
  • The code practiced varying levels of punishment based on the crime
    • Origins of “eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth”
    • More severe crimes are punished more harshly
  • Public officials held accountable for upholding the law
  • Dictated laws for how families should function
famous laws
Famous Laws
  • If a man puts out the eye of a patrician, his eye shall be put out.
  • If anyone commits a robbery and is caught, he shall be put to death.
  • If a son strikes his father, his hands shall be hewn off.
  • If anyone ensnares another, putting a ban upon him, but he cannot prove it, then he that ensnared him shall be put to death.