Code of Hammurabi

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Code of Hammurabi

The Code of Hammurabi was a comprehensive set of laws, considered by many scholars to be the oldest laws established; they were handed down four thousand years ago by King Hammurabi of Babylon. Although the Code of Hammurabi was essentially humanitarian in its intent and orientation, it contained the "eye for an eye" theory of punishment, which is a barbarian application of the concept of making the punishment fit the crime. The Code of Hammurabi recognized such modern concepts as that of corporate personality.

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The "eye-for-an-eye" equivalence behind Hammurabi's code does not need to be taken literally: we don't need to cut off the leg of the surgeon who accidentally amputated the wrong leg of a patient.
Ancient Iraqi King Hammurabi's code laws stated that un-written or un-documented marriage wouldn't be acknowledged.
Located in the 'Near Eastern antiquities' section at Louvre, Hammurabi's code - the emblem of the Mesopotamian civilisation and one of humankind's oldest deciphered writings - finds pride of place.
Historical studies show that collective liability has been prevailing in ancient times, adapted from Hammurabi's Code which was announced by Babylonian King about 2000 B.C and engraved on a stone tablet in the center of city in the sight of people.
(1.) By contrast, Hammurabi's code deals with slavery last (pars.
example, Hammurabi's Code includes the famous "eye for an
According to Hammurabi's code, if a builder builds a house for someone and does not construct it properly, and the house which he built falls in and kills its owner, then that builder shall be put to death.
Analyze the significance of the Magna Carta, Hammurabi's Code and other documents on the development of modern governments.
Everything in business is regulated in some fashion, and has been since long before the first nearly full set of laws we have, Hammurabi's Code from almost 38 centuries ago.
Laws in Hammurabi's code regulated the production and distribution of beer in ancient Mesopotamia.
Despite being the cradle of civilization - writing was invented there in the home of the first city (Uruk), as was the first written law (Hammurabi's Code) - from the beginning, this great riverine plain has also been a theater of war.
Despite being the cradle of civilization - writing was invented here in the home of the first city (Uruk), as was the first written law (Hammurabi's Code) - from the beginning, this great riverine plain has also been a theater of war.