Essay on Laws of Hammubari

1017 Words Aug 21st, 2013 5 Pages
The first law of the Hammurabi’s Code of Laws, ‘If anyone ensnare another, putting a ban upon him, but he cannot prove it, then he that ensnared him shall be put to death.’ The meaning of this code is that if you accuse someone of a crime you better be able to re-enforce your statement or if you can’t then you will be put to death. The 106th law of the Hammurabi’s Code: ‘If the agent accept money from the merchant, but have a quarrel with the merchant (denying the receipt), then shall the merchant swear before God and witnesses that he has given this money to the agent, and the agent shall pay him three times the sum.’ This basically means that if a person has borrowed money and if the person who borrowed the money decides to deny
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The laws of Hammurabi are overrated, meaning that the laws are way too extreme. The laws of Hammurabi are often very harsh and very, very strict with stealing ,accusing of others or stealing some examples of these crimes are ‘If anyone steal the property of a temple or of the court, he shall be put to death, and also the one who receives the stolen thing from him shall be put to death’. The crime can be minimal but the consequence of these small petty crimes could make you lose your hand or death.
An accident in the Ancient Sumerian meant punishment. The word accident was not taken lightly by the Sumerians nor was an incident of accident. Accidents often meant a heavily and costly priced to be paid. An accident could cost you your house, your money or any other personal property e.g. wives, sons, daughters or even you. An accident could be of accusing someone of doing the wrong thing meant you had to hand over your property to the person that you have wrongly accused of.
Judging from the laws of Hammurabi we can tell that Summeria was a country that was straight-forward and merciless. As shown in the Hammurabi

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