Epilogue To The Code Of Hammurabi

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Hammurabi was the ruler of Mesopotamia in 18th century B.C.E.. I think that the laws or code he made were just for his time.Even though we don’t use the same methods and punishments he used, he made laws that were fair to the people he ruled over. In Hammurabi’s code he had an epilogue, and in the epilogue there is a part that said, “That the strong might not injure the weak , in order to protect the widows and orphans.” By that, he meant that his laws are meant to protect the weak from the strong. I think that is the base of his law, which shows that Hammurabi tried to make his laws just. Also in his epilogue is a line that read, “by the command of Shamash, the great god of heaven and earth.” Back in Hammurabi’s time people believed in many …show more content…
These laws help protect families and solve some of their problems. One of these family laws are “If a man marries a woman and she gets deathly sick, and the man wants to marry another woman, he can marry her. But he still has to take care of his sick wife until she passes away.”(law #148) This law is protecting the weak because the wak person is the sick wife and she is being protected from being alone, without someone to take care of her. In Hammurabi’s time woman didn’t have many rights, so they had to get married. And if a sick woman is stranded and hungry, it’s likely she will die alone with nobody to help her. Another law about family just is law #195, “ If a son hits his father, his hands will be cut off.” THis punishment probably seems extreme, but back then the young had to respect their elders, especially their fathers. And if you think about it, if the son’s hands get cut off then he can’t hit anyone …show more content…
Which tell you what to do if people hit each other or kill each other. And the fact that hammurabi tried to help people personally means that he is at least trying to be just to his people. Some of these laws are the laws 196 and 199, which are sort of connected. Law 196 states that,”If a man knocks the eye out of a free man, his eye shall be be knocked out,” and in law 199, “If he knocks the eye out of a slave, then he has to pay half of his value.” In law 196 the guy who punched the other guys’ eye out gets his eye knocked out, so they would be fair and no one gets the upper

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