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What's so important about the Code of Hammurabi?"

The Code of Hammurabi is an important artifact because it sheds light on laws in Babylonia. Learn why the Code of Hammurabi explains "an eye for an eye."
Helen Terry
Helen Terry • 2 years ago

THE CODE OF HAMMURABI is a large black basalt stela inscribed with ancient Babylonian text. It was discovered intact in 1901 by Jean-Vincent Scheil. The Stela depicts, front and back, almost 300 laws, in conditional if/then format. The Code is a surprisingly sophisticated depiction of the justice system of the time, & demonstrates that it many ways the Babylonians were almost modern in theories of jurisprudence. The Stela isn't unique; fragments of identical codes have been found elsewhere.

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  • John Adkins

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