Hammurabi: Code of Law

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Hammurabi: Code of Law

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In the early 18th century B.C.E., the “Code of Hammurabi” was created by Hammurabi, the king of Babylon. After the code was created, he inscribed the code on a 8 foot large stone pillar located in Mesopotamia. Hammurabi created the Code of Laws to make sure that everybody that was under his rule was treated fairly. His people were to obey the Code of Laws or consequences were followed. The pillar was rediscovered in 1901 and today, the pillar is located in Louvre Museum in Paris.

The Mesopotamians religion was very important because they thought that the Gods brought the rain and harvest. The Mesopotamians would study the stars to create the Gods stories they told, and passed them throughout generations. They also believed that the Gods were the ones that chose their ruler, and they claim that that’s the way Hammurabi was chosen as King. Each city had there own government and this government was ruled and created by the King. During the early 18th century, Hammurabi, the King of Babylon, created the Code of Laws to help start the cities government. Kings were very popular; Very few Queens ruled.

The Code of Hammurabi was very important back in the time. It contained at least 280 laws; If not, more. Back then, they didn’t have paper to write it on. So instead, they inscribed it on a pillar. Mesopotamians didn’t know how to read and write, so instead, they used pictures to stand for words. All in all, Hammurabi was a faithful but some what, a strict ruler, wise ruler. The greatest achievements that were taken in Mesopotamia were the Code of Laws written by Hammurabi.

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