Hammurabi: The King Of Babylon

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A lot of things can happen within a short amount of time. A single man can change the world in his lifetime and go down in history. Hammurabi is one of these men. He was the most famous of all of the Babylonian kings. Before his time, Babylonia was a prominent society, but during his reign, he made it the number one society of the era. He revolutionized the idea of civil law. And, not only did he revolutionize law, he also improved architecture and irrigation in the city-state of Babylonia. His code of law is the oldest written code of law to date. He was not only a king, but a hero to his people. His work is still recognized all over the world. Hammurabi was the son of Sin-Muballit who reigned from 1812-1793 B.C.E. Sin-Muballit was unable …show more content…
This was a common happening in his era. He was the sixth and most famous king of the empire. Despite his young age, he was a very successful leader. Hammurabi took part in traditional activities of a king, such as fighting wars and improving maintenance of the infrastructure of Babylon. He set out to do three things while holding the position of king. He wanted to make Babylon secure. He wanted to unify all of Southern Mesopotamia. And, he wanted to win a place in the Mesopotamian Civilization for the Babylonians. He accomplished the first two things by conquering Sumer, Akkad, and Assyria. Although his battle skills were the rise of his kingdom, his administrative skills were the downfall. It is believed that his lack of organization was the reason Babylonia’s deterioration began so quickly after his death. In his position of king of Babylonia, Hammurabi accomplished his last goal by managing to organize the very first written code of law. By doing that, he established Babylon as the most dominant and successful Amirite city of its …show more content…
His code of laws is one of the most valuable findings in existence. It has created the basis for the laws of the United States and many other countries in the world. It was the first written code of laws, and it emphasized on fairness. It is extremely similar to today’s laws in many ways. It stated that the king does not have ultimate rule over all of the citizens. It is known that we get many of our laws from the Greeks. What is lesser known is that the Greeks got many of their laws from the “Code of Hammurabi”. Hammurabi was a great king, a fantastic conqueror, and an exemplary law enforcer. He improved the city-state of Babylonia by repairing temples, building new walls, and digging new canals. He expanded Babylonia and united all of southern Mesopotamia. His impact on modern law is prominent all around the world, and his mentality of “an eye for an eye” is still in place today in some

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