Justice In Hammurabi

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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…
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, …show more content…
He is different from former rulers because instead of favouring his elites, nobles, and church; he adjusts laws so that the lower classes feel like we have a voice too. Residents may argue that Hammurabi is too much of a brute, or is a subliminal figure of imperialism, when in reality, he created these punishments to be unforgiving to anyone; not just the lower class like former rulers. Hammurabi keeps Babylonian tradition and methods within his codes like entrusting the Gods for certain punishments, but he also embraces new methods of justice, or marriage, minimum wage, to name a few. Overall, Hammurabi’s lex talionis introduced new methods of collectivism within Babylonian society; he is for the people, he is a man of retribution and piety, and a very just ruler of his

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