Early Death Penalty

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Early death penalty laws were first established in the Eighteenth Century B.C. in Babylon under the Code of King Hammurabi. It codified the death penalty for 25 different types of crimes. In addition the Death Penalty was also included in the Fourteenth Centuries B.C. Hittite Code as well as in the Seventh Century B.C.’s Draconian Code of Athens. The Death Penalty allowed death as the only punishment available for all crimes. In the Fifth Century B.C. Roman Law of the Twelve Tablets (1) . Methods of death sentences included beheading, crucifixion, drowning, beating to death, burning alive, boiling in oil, disembowelment, flaying alive, hanging, stoning, strangling, being thrown to wild animals, being torn apart and impalement were the way sentences
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