Hammurabi Code Of Punishment

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The Code of Hammurabi is the first complete written and well-organized code of law for the Babylonians of ancient Mesopotamia. The total code consists of 282 laws and they are on the stone stele with other various clay tablets. The code is written by King Hammurabi who came to power around 1792 BC. Using the purpose of King Hammurabi’s uniting Mesopotamian cultures he called the laws were from the gods in a dream. Additionally, he used them to deterrent, burning, whipping, and death. The goal of the strict punishments was to make people fear punishments so that they would not commit crimes anymore. Based on the goal, the punishment depended on people’s position in their society. From their position, the law was applied to property owners, …show more content…
At first, when I read the Code of Hammurabi, I thought the law and the punishment are too awful. As I kept reading the law, I found that without being strict, the Babylonians under King Hammurabi could not unify well. The reason why the punishment by the law was awful is to make people fear even committing crimes. The intensity of punishments by social position could seem merciless with resentment. However, on the other hand, I think it helped to settle a status system and unify Mesopotamia automatically since the Babylonians were pressed by their king’s severe law. For example, Egyptians were self-sustained people who lived in the fertilized land without a caste or status system, unlike other nations. However, the major reason why they declined in the 2810s B.C. was because they did not have strong rulers and rules. From Egyptians, I was able to realize that the Code of Hammurabi were not too strict but actually helped to unify Mesopotamia and rule over the …show more content…
A good portion of the code says that it helps to produce the next generation, in other words, growing up more population. However, I think these punishments which showed the severe solution of committing crimes do not match with their code of family life for reproducing and population. Half of the criminals that put into death might be men who can produce the next generation. So, I would adopt a prison system like today’s and let it be more seriously separates criminals by punishments, not just pushing them in a death

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