Hammurabi’s Code

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Hammurabi’s Code:

Hammurabi’s Code

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Hammurabi was Babylon’s king and greatest monarch, or ruler of a kingdom or empire. During his rule, Babylon became the most important city in Mesopotamia . Hammurabi’s Code was a set of 282 laws he created that dealt with almost every part of daily life.

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Hammurabi’s Code Specific crimes brought specific penalties. Social class was taken into account. It was a greater crime to injure a rich man than a poor one. It was unique not only because of how thorough it was, but also because he wrote it down for all to see.

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These laws were inscribed on stone tablets ( stelae ) standing over eight feet tall.

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This code was important because It listed the laws and punishments. It explained how government officials would be elected. It established a single currency to be used throughout the empire. It described how to perform formal religious ceremonies.