Hammurabi and Law Codes

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Law codes serve two major functions, to promote order and enforce stability. Not all law codes are the same. They differ depending on the influences acting upon the ruler, and the region the laws are created to work for. Even so, the laws all serve the same purpose. Like Ashoka’s Pillars and Hammurabi’s code. Asoka’s laws and Hammurabi’s laws differ on the grounds of social systems, yet relate on the idea of technology. The social aspects of the law codes of Hammurabi and Ashoka differ greatly. Ashoka’s laws reflected a strong belief in ethics and dharma resulting in a dynasty that lacked a caste system. Hammurabi’s laws on the other hand, focused more on punishment and social status. Mortality took a strong hold in Ashoka’s laws…show more content…
Fourteen Rock Edicts were carved on rocks along roadsides. This made it possible for entering travelers, or traders to know the laws of that specific area and serve as a continuous reminder of what is expected. At least ten Pillar Edicts were placed in population centers; this was also a way for the people to be constantly reminded of the laws. The placement of the laws in popular areas makes sure that all the people see the laws to know how to behave. It is important to realize that Hammurabi and Ashoka were making technological advancements. The visual representation of laws is influential to the people because it is shown to them that the laws need to be enforced and followed, they are set in stone and will not be changed. Representation of the laws not only become a constant reminder of the laws, but also shows technological advancement in writing and forming a better communication system. Asoka’s laws and Hammurabi’s laws differ on the grounds of social systems, yet relate on the idea of technology. The purpose of building these specific law codes was to set boundaries and guidelines for the people to follow in order to create stability. The laws also resulted in a sense of order because all the people were behaving in the same manner and all the people know what is expected of themselves and the people around

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