Law Codes before 600 C. E
A law code is a written set of rules and behavior. There have been many societies throughout history that have written law codes before 600 CE. An example of a law code is the law code of Hammurabi. Law codes from different societies and civilizations have similarities and differences from 8000 BCE to 600 CE. Similarities and differences can be found in law codes religious and non religious. Many civilizations created law codes for people to follow. Documents 1,3,4,5, and 7 are all related because they all are law codes that even though are law codes from religious civilizations ,they somehow enforced people to go by the rules, codes that don’t directly come by their god or gods. In other words they were law codes more brutal. For example, in document1 Hammurabi states,”the purpose of this law code is to cause justice to prevail in the land”, this shows that he is writing the law code based on what he believes is best. Differentiations between these law codes are law codes from different parts of the world and from different points in time. Documents 2 and 6 are both similar and dissimilar. Documents 2 and 6 both express laws directly from their god, law codes that don’t enforce their rule law codes more general and less brutal. A difference among documents 2 and 6 is that in document 2 the law code focuses in different aspects of their people’s life. For example, “thou shalt not murder, thou shalt not steal, and thou shalt not covet”. While document 6 only focuses in one point, the whole world should be taxed. Document 5, an excerpt of Li Su from the Qin Dynasty illustrates social differences. This document is biased because Li Su only lets members of the academy of scholars have books to teach others. Document 1 shows point of view of a male ruler during the 18th c. BCE. This document shows that the point of view of Hammurabi could have been influenced by the period of time he lived in...
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