The Babylonian Society: The Code Of Hammurabi

Residing in Babylon has been tied to my families history for decades. Us residents, our families, and ancestors have experienced first hand the impact a ruler can have on his subordinates. With Prince Hammurabi acquiring the throne through hereditary rule, he composed 282 lex talionis. I support Hammurabi to be a sincere ruler of justice and piety, because in my opinion, due to the fact that within the literature, Hammurabi enforces equality within the social classes through new methods of justice and labour, the juxtaposition between brutish yet just punishments within the new methods, tradition of Babylonian society such as faith in the Gods through his retribution within the codes, that Hammurabi, is in fact, a just leader working in favour …show more content…
Hammurabi proclaims “If a man knocks out the teeth of his equal, his own teeth shall be knocked out.” (Code of Hammurabi, #200), providing reassurance within our Babylonian society that we are seen as human beings, just like himself, and that we will be protected by the king against abuse or neglect of the upper classes, or rather anyone. Although Hammurabi claims to be “the shepherd of the oppressed and the slaves” (Code of Hammurabi, prologue), feminists may portray Hammurabi as a misogynistic ruler due to his proclamation that “If a man’s wife is caught in flagrante delicto with another man, both shall be tied and thrown into the water...” (Code of Hammurabi, #129). Although presently the male is more predominant and valued in Babylonian society than women, there are certain codes in regards to marriage or which counter such accusation and punish men in a similar manner, such as “If anyone accuse or slanders a priestess or the wife of anyone, and cannot prove it, this man shall be taken before the judges and his brow shall be marked.” (Code of Hammurabi, …show more content…
This consists of “If anyone brings an accusation of any crime before the elders, and does not prove what he has charged, he shall, if it be a capital offense charged, be put to death.” (Code of Hammurabi, #3). Through this law code, our society will benefit through a filtered court system; no more shall innocents be targets of inevitable death due to social status versus social status, if an individual cannot prove their cause, then they ultimately deserve what they receive from a judge. With Hammurabi’s generosity to the lower classes comes anger from the higher ups. It has been known in the past most elites will scapegoat the lower class for the atrocities they commit and the corruption they spread through our advancing society; no more will they be allowed to commit such physical, nor ethical crimes against us through the code “If anyone ensnares another, putting a ban upon him, but he cannot prove it, then he that ensnared him shall be put to death.” (Code of Hammurabi, #1). Hammurabi’s codes overall intentions are help protect and conserve his retribution in Babylon, so "That the strong might not injure the weak…” (Code of Hammurabi,

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