Essay On Hammurabis Code

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Hammurabi’s Code includes laws that tell the legal rights women had during the Mesopotamia time. There were many other places that also had strict laws or rights for women including Egypt, where even though women had the royal lineage they never ruled. In Greece, women weren’t in charge of anything in their lives. Rome, where being alive and female was considered to be a luxury, afforded to very few. As well as in China, where the women were excluded from any education. The rights women have today, by far, surpass those given in ancient times.
Hammurabi’s Code doesn’t give any specific rights to women, but rather if the husband doesn’t put any charges against them they are set free. This shows that the women were thought to be below men. For
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She had her dowry, so if they divorced she would have some money to live off of until she finds another husband. She could also only bring three dresses, and a few items with little value. The women on ancient Greece could not inherit or own any property. Which is different from ancient Rome, and ancient Egypt.
The women were also not allowed to go out of the house, even for grocery shopping. It was the slaves that went out and did any shopping that was needed for the house. So, in that sense, you might say they had more freedom than the women. The women were also only allowed to travel in the closed off private areas, and only allowed to go to mourning events. Even there, they had strict rules they had to
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Once she reaches the appropriate age, her father will arrange a for her. Most marriages were often for political gain. There were two kinds of marriage that could occur, one was the “sine manu” (without authority), where the father is still in control of the daughter and all of her affairs. She just lives with her husband, and takes care of his house. The second type of marriage is “cum manu” (with authority), where the father would transfer all the control and authority over the women to her husband. Most families did not like doing this because once the authority was transferred the women had to change her religious views to match those of her husbands, as well as celebrate the rites of his family.
Many families did the “sine manu” marriage because it allowed for the father to divorce his daughter from whom she was married it. This would happen if the political view changed, or the father needed a advantage for a different political view. Having this kind of marriage was also beneficial for the women because they can leave their husbands house and go to their father without any punishment. Most women would do this because of abuse that would occur from their husbands. Which is why during ancient Rome second or even third marriages were

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