The Code of Hammurabi King of Babylon
This is a complete English translation of the code with a running parallel transliteration of the original ideograms. All corrections and erasures are included. This edition also includes facsimiles of all of the original cuneiform tablets, a...more
No wonder the empire lasted so long. People were shit-scared that their cow might wander into someone else's field!
But jokes aside, this was really enlightening in the sense that I never knew there existed such a well-thought out code of law (albeit a bloody one) to deter theft, vandalism, murder and slander, that hinged above all thi ...more
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It's very interesting in itself as these laws are over 4000 years old. Many of the laws are humorous in either their severity of punishment and/or antiquity. We can gain some insights into the disputes of their culture, some of which still exist today.
For general reading I couldn't recommend this but the laws are interesting nonetheless.
The rule of "An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth" in itself is an incredible concept in early human history: we should keep in mind that we should always punish a criminal for exactly what he's done and not sentence him to a harsher/not harsh enough punishment.
I absolutely loved the final curse at the end for those that deface the stele or forgets the commandments. It was better than anything in the Bible by far, but shows the common cultural threads binding both works.
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...When Marduk sent me to rule over men, to give the protection of right to the land, I did right and righteousness in . . . , and brought about the well-being of the oppressed.
[The oldest known written code of laws from around 1772 BCE]”