Importance Of Hammurabi Code Of Law

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Have you ever wondered what the government was like a long time ago? Well, be lucky that Hammurabi's code of law does not exist today. Hammurabi's code of law was one of the earliest and most advanced written legal codes, proclaimed by the Babylonian king Hammurabi, who reigned from 1792 to 1750 B.C. Hammurabi's code of law was an unjust and somewhat cruel set of laws. What made them unfair was that these laws treated people of certain classes poorly and in an unfair manner. If you don't believe it, then read law 118: “If he give a male or female slave away for forced labor, and the merchant sublease them, or sell them for money, no objection can be raised.” That wasn’t treating the slaves in the proper way. If you thought that was unfair then you won't believe that a law that was inforced stated If a man killed a pregnant “maid-servant,” he was punished with a monetary fine, but if he killed a “free-born” pregnant woman, his own daughter would be killed as retribution. This wasn't fair to the maid servants or the daughter as they can not control what class they are in. If that was unfair then think about this, “If a man has destroyed the eye of a man of the gentleman class, they shall destroy his eye .... If he has destroyed the eye of a commoner ... he shall pay one mina of silver. If he has destroyed the eye of a gentleman's slave ... he shall pay half the slave's price." These laws were cruel and unjust, yet some may argue that the these laws were fair because they
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