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Hammurabi

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Overview

Author

Hammurabi

Year Written

c. 1750 BCE

Type

Primary Source

Genre

History

At a Glance

  • The Code of Hammurabi is a set of laws decreed by King Hammurabi, the ruler of Babylonia from about 1792 to 1750 BCE.
  • Babylonia (in what is now Iraq) was located in Mesopotamia, the ancient region located primarily between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.
  • Hammurabi expanded Babylonia from a handful of city-states into a vast empire. His intention was to be a just ruler and improve his subjects' lives through the building of public works and the establishment of a code of laws.
  • The Code of Hammurabi includes 282 laws that address ordinary legal situations and prescribe penalties. The punishments are often harsh and vary based on the perpetrator's social status.
  • The laws cover a range of topics including murder, theft, assault, divorce, inheritance, taxes, lending, and commercial practices.
  • Hammurabi had the laws inscribed on stelae, or tall stone pillars, and displayed in public places to inform his subjects.
  • Hammurabi's kingdom collapsed after his death, but his code survived as a model for laws in other cultures and time periods.

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