The Law of Hammurabi in Mesopotamia and Babylon

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Hammurabi, King and ruler of Babylon from 1792-1750 B.c at the beginning of his rein, Mesopotamia was divided into many city states, all with their own patterns of shifting rules, but Hammurabi eventually brought the entire region under his control, he collected laws from varied city states, and wrote down a set of codes, that soon governed the entire area (King 56). Hammurabi’s written code allowed lot to be a matter of public knowledge and so help advance the rule of law in society. Babylon’s great monuments make a strong impression of the biblical scribes, but the most enduring legacy surviving to this day, is the Babylonian intervention far more impression still, the Rule of Law (King 56). Babylon was the first civilization on earth to have a written legal code ( King 56) . The original carb stone is in an astonishing relic, lost for hundreds of years it will emerge in the late 19 century, a stone engraved with one of the most important legal documents of all time (King 58). 12 hundred years before the issue relies was taking captive a Babylonian king who had the stone carb with the laws, the barriers name Hammurabi’s code (King 61).
Hammurabi expanded his empire greatly before focusing his energies toward wealth and justice for his people. He created a code protecting all classes of Babylonian society, including women and slaves (Sasson 46). He sought protection of the weak from the powerful and the poor from the rich. The carving on the stone on which the code is

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