Hammmurabi's Code: The Hammurabi Code
The Code of Hammurabi is a compilation of laws and edicts sponsored by Hammurabi, king of Babylon, which forms the first known code of History. The Hammurabi Code is one of the oldest and best-preserved sets of laws in existence. Its norms, based on the application of the Law of the Talion, as a whole, are considered as the prelude to some modern legal concepts. The laws of the Code of Hammurabi were of divine origin and immutable. They were fundamental rules, written to regulate the day-to-day of the Mesopotamian peoples and not subject to change by even the king himself.
The Hammurabi Code contains 282 laws, a prologue and an epilogue. Its reading allows us to know the Mesopotamian legal system, as well as some aspects of the social and economic life prevailing in that place. Among other issues, it creates taxes and regulates trade, fixes the wages corresponding to each type of worker, sets time limits on debt bondage and enumerates crimes against persons and property. The Code of Hammurabi does not contain legal norms on religious subjects. The protection of the Code was offered to all Babylonian social classes: the law protected the weak and needy, …show more content…
Unlike today 's laws, it is required by law for the accused to show up to court". It is often pointed out the legal concept that some laws are so fundamental that not even a king has the capacity to change them. The laws, written in stone, were immutable. This concept survives in most modern legal systems. Among the most similar laws of the Hammurabi code to those of the present time can be quoted: If any one bring an accusation of any crime before the elders, and does not prove what he has charged, he shall, if it were the capital offense charged, be put to death. These types of accusations, without any proof, and the prosecution of this action in our codes, is stipulated as false accusation against determined