The Code of Hammurabi

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Allison Taylor History 20- Section 1E Student ID: 803-577-009 The Code of Hammurabi Hammurabi was the first dynasty king of Babylon. He inherited the throne from his father in the year 1792 BCE. He was best known for his creation and implementation of the Code of Hammurabi which was a public proclamation of laws for Babylonia. The code was written on an eight foot high stone carving and included each of the 282 distinct laws. The structure of the code is very specific and structured and emphasizes the power of ownership. Punishments for crimes and wrongdoings were harsh and often resulted in death or defacement. A very common technique that was also implemented in the punishments was Lex Talionis, “an eye for an eye”. My first reaction to the Code of Hammurabi was that the punishments were fiercely harsh. As previously discussed, many of the crimes were punishable by death. Everything from breaking and entering to murder to incest resulted in death. Other laws that were broken could be punishable by cutting off a person’s tongue, taking their eye
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Unformatted text preview: out, or being drowned. Initially these seem very brutal and irrational, but upon further examination and observation I realized that maybe the harsh punishments were very productive in lowering crime rates and keeping violence at bay. If being chastised for a crime resulted in death, I am assuming that citizens were less likely to commit crimes. Rather than making a civilization that was bitter towards the strict laws and filled with backlash, Hammurabi probably created a peaceful living environment for its citizens. I also believe that Hammurabi’s laws provided a sense of unified effervescence between the people. What I also found intriguing about the Code is that there is no grey area, which I believe helped keep the peace. There would be no question when a crime was committed what the chastisement would be. Since there was a concrete punishment for everything, there was no question how to handle any discretions. The Code defined law making for the rest of world civilization....
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