What Is The Purpose Of The Epic Of Hammurabi

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Primary Source Analysis Sarrah Livson October 3, 2017 Prof. Rockenbach Pd 6 Hammurabi's Codes Author The author of this text is the ruler of Babylon of the time, Hammurabi. Hammurabi was Babylon’s most famous king as he united many of the city-states and created the first written law. Audience The codes were intended for everyone in the community. The codes would have to be accessible and understood by all who lived under Hammurabi as they were the rules everyone had to abide by or they would have to face unpleasant consequence emplaced by Hammurabi's men. Argument Hammurabi wrote these codes to try to establish a sense of law in his kingdom. Before this there were no strict rules enforced on what and wasn’t allowed to happened and…show more content…
Rockenbach Pd 6 Epic of Gilgamesh Analysis Author The author of The Epic of Gilgamesh is unknown although we do know that it was written around 2700 B.C.E. From there it must have been passed down in Sumerian societies by word of mouth until 6000 B.C.E when it was written down and signed by a man named Sin-Leqi-Unninni. Audience The intended audience for The Epic of Gilgamesh was everyone. The story’s main purpose was for entertainment and was told to all people through word of mouth Argument This story could have been used for multiple purposes.It was written as a form of an entertainment for people. It also helps to inform people of many important themes in life such as different gender roles in society, religion, friendship, and death. However, it could also be used as a creation story, to explain how the world was created. Application The Epic of Gilgamesh allows us to see how the Sumerian people viewed the world. It shows us that even early humans were interested in the beginning and end of life. They were not only interested in and gave explanations to how the world began but how we died to. It was important that they pointed out how the distinction between humans and gods is that we are mortal while they are
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