Akkadian Alphabet3

Hammurabis code hammurabi about 1792 1750 bc was a

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Unformatted text preview: Hammurabi’s Code Hammurabi (about 1792 - 1750 BC) was a mighty Babylonian king, and is famous for his Code, the earliest-known example of a ruler proclaiming publicly an entire body of laws. It is the best preserved legal document reflecting the contemporary social structure of Babylon. 282 laws in fifty-one columns of cuneiform text are written in Akkadian, a Semitic language. Hammurabi’s Code A copy of the code, engraved on a block of black basalt 7 ft 5 in. high is kept in Paris. Hammurabi’s Code A selection from the code of ancient wisdom. “If “If any one owes a debt for a loan, and the harvest fails, in that year he need not give his creditor any grain …. and pays no rent for that year.” “If a judge tries a case, reaches a decision, if later error shall appear in his decision, and it be through his own fault, then he shall pay twelve times the fine set by him, and he shall be removed from the judge's bench ….” Hammurabi’s Code Here is a sample of its cuneiform writing Cuneiform Writing One may wonder how modern words would be written. Here is an example. My name, Swaminathan would be written like this: Certain common Features of the Region We will be seeing that Egyptian Hieroglyphic script, shares many of the traits of cuneiform: The letters are composed of pictograms, ideograms, alphabet and determinatives. It may be mentioned that the alphabet of cuneiform consists mostly of consonants. This feature is found in many of the scripts of this region, like Egyptian Hieroglyphs, Hebrew, Arabic etc...
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