Historical Laws and Security

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Running head: HISTORICAL LAWS AND SECURITY 1 Historical Laws and Security Tanita D. Wright CJS/250 January 26, 2012 Robert Clark
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HISTORICAL LAWS AND SECURITY 2 Historical Laws and Security The Code of Hammurabi: The Code of Hammurabi was originated in Babylonian times back in 1750 B.C. and was established by King Hammurabi (Identifying and Exploring Security Essentials) 1 . The expression “an eye for an eye” has come to symbolize the principle behind Hammurabi’s code over the last several centuries. The code of Hammurabi covers a large array of obligations such as commerce, slavery, marriage, theft, and debts. Most people today find the Code of Hammurabi to be on the barbaric side verses the more humane side. Draco’s Law: Draco was a legislator in Athens who was authorized by the Alcmaeonidae (Aristocratic Rulers) to write the law codes around 621 B.C. It marked the first time the laws in Athens were set down in writing and they were lauded for their impartiality. Although impartial, according to Aristotle, the newly-recorded laws were so harsh they were written in blood instead of ink. Under Draco's codes, even the most trivial of criminal offenses (stealing an apple) were penalized by death (Identifying and Exploring Security Essentials)
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