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Hammurabi And Gilgamesh

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Resplendent Royalty Noble and just, kings from Before the Common Era, Hammurabi and Gilgamesh vanquished evildoers from their lands, with influence forever shaping their respective society— while being revered by friends and feared by foes. With legacy inscribed in cuneiform, their legacy lives on to prosper, the impact of which is insurmountable. However, unlike The Code of Hammurabi, The Epic of Gilgamesh “…was not written by one specific author but evolved gradually…” (95). Nevertheless, Gilgamesh’s core traits were not lost to the test of time, remaining a “…powerful kind and an awe-inspiring warrior” (95). These two texts speak to the testaments of what great men are made of and the how great societies are represented by equally great leaders. Even though Hammurabi and Gilgamesh appear harsh in nature, they are virtuous and capable kings – serving the greater purpose of the people they represent. Consequently, the mighty rule of these kings brought about the perception of brutality. In The Code of Hammurabi for example, the penalty “… [if a] merchant is then proved to be a thief …” is that they “…shall be put to death” (The Code of Hammurabi 6). Furthermore, thievery as a common man would require the value be returned many times over again; if one was unable to do so, “…he shall be put to death.” (6). Capital punishment was not only applied to thievery, “…if a ‘sister of god’ open a tavern, or enter a tavern to drink, then shall this woman be burned to death” (15).
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