Ancient Law Code Of Hammurabi Analysis

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The source this text analyzes is the ancient law code of Hammurabi. The author is King Hammurabi who had rule over Babylon from 1792 to 1750 BCE. According to the text, he narrates that he had been ordered to establish these rules by the sun god Shamash, who was believed to be the god of justice. He also makes reference to Marduk, the main deity that the Babylonians had faith in. The purpose of this text was to establish a set of rules and guidelines that the people of Babylon could abide by. Since this code, carved on a stele piece roughly 7 feet tall, was not the first of a form of governing rules put forth by a society, the king had legal workers gather various codes from across Mesopotamia. This allowed king Hammurabi to combine the laws …show more content…
This document is relevant to what we are studying because it reveals a story of how each person from that era had a role to play and what problems and solutions to those problems existed during that time period. It discloses what the punishments for wrongdoings were and it establishes a code of conduct on what you owe your neighbour. It also presents what the roles of women and men were during that era as women were viewed to be a weaker gender than males. The children in a marriage were viewed as property to trade, mainly the daughters, which could be sold in order to settle a dispute. If a wife was treated unfairly by her husband, she could return to her father’s tent with her dowry, however, if a man were treated the same way by his wife, she was subject to be divorced. The rights of women were not equal no matter how the king Hammurabi believed that what was written in the code was a fair and just …show more content…
King Hammurabi had a set of judges who would do most of the decision making when he was not around. Instead of retaliation and revenge, we have implemented a system of legal experts who make decisions to solve any disputes among various parties. If we have adopted and learned anything from his law code, it is the basic construct and the foundation of our judicial system. In the courtroom, when it came to light that a legal member had altered a verdict, they would be condemned to pay a certain amount. The members of our judicial system go through training rid any bias they may hold in order to make a fair decision, which is something the jury also votes on. Hammurabi’s code outlines the inequality between the social classes that were present, unlike in society today where every human is seen as equal and the equality and respect of women is

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