Judgement Of Hammurabi Analysis

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In the judgment of hammurabi, Hammurabi made laws also known as the code of hammurabi. Which weren't exactly laws, but a compilation of decisions and it was created as a response to cases and incidents that seemed unfair. The code of hammurabi promotes justice and equal treatment to all people. The principles of the judgement of hammurabi seem to have been “an eye for an eye” “a tooth for a tooth”, which means if a person hurts someone they will receive a punishment to the same degree . Some evidence that proves that this was the principles of the judgment of hammurabi is law number 196 and 200 which says, “If a man has destroyed the eye of another free man, his own eye shall be destroyed”and “If a man has knocked out the teeth of a man of …show more content…
Hammurabi thought that these laws were gonna protect the people and provide justice. He even encourage that the rulers after him use these laws if they want to lead their people with justice and noted himself as the king of justice. Though he thought his laws were meant for justice some of them weren't. The punishment and the crime were completely uneven . For example in law number 195 “If a son has struck his father, his hands should be cut off”. Everything depended on social class, words that define your social status can be found in the code of hammurabi such as, slaves, superior, peasants, and equal. These laws only benefitted high class men. Which seemed fair at the time, because wealthy high class men were more valuable in their society There was also more favor towards the rich than the poor. Which is shown when you move down through the status in the judgement of hammurabi. For example if a man breaks the bone of a man of the same status then his own bone shall be broken but if a man breaks the bone of a peasant he just has to pay the peasant pieces of silver as punishment. We can also see distinctions between women and men.. The judgements of hammurabi were obviously designed to protect men over women. Back, in that society men were given more rights when it came to property. Women were …show more content…
These rules were overall effective in that society because it did unite mesopotamia at one point for a short period of time and it made mesopotamia a capital empire. It also brought some sort of justice that people needed or found necessary due to unfair incidents that occurred. Having these laws made the people feel a form of security and made babylon a strong capital. He made his people believe that these principles were the key to a successful empire. He explained to the rulers after him that these rules were the best way to rule the empire if they wanted to ruler people with

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