Documents Paper 1 - Caitlin Kelliher World History I to...

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Caitlin Kelliher World History I to 1500 February 26, 2008 Documents Paper 1 Around 1800 B.C.E., Hammurabi, a Babylonian King, transcribed the first known collection of laws in history. They governed over every affair influencing the city including adultery, money lending, and false accusations. Hammurabi’s “eye for eye” mentality hardly affected the governing style of the city’s judges then but it allows historians today much insight into great rulers of the past. But perhaps the most important aspect of Hammurabi’s code was not its influence in present day but rather the apparent social classes and worth of life distinguished throughout the laws in the time of his rule. Although it was clear that Hammurabi’s Code was based on fair play because he established penalties for false accusations, the laws still mistreated many of the socially inferior. Those included in this category were woman, the common man and slaves. Throughout the code, there are prices to be paid if one actions affected another’s life or the life of their children. For
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