Hammurabi’s Code covered many issues, including trade, marriage, and divorce. I believe that Hammurabi’s code was fair and just. There many reasons why Hammurabi’s code was fair. For example, Property Law number 21 states: “If a man has broken through the wall [to rob] a house, they shall put him to death and pierce him, or hang him in the hole in the wall which he has made.” This law is fair because if you broke through someone’s wall, they will have to spend lots of time and money to repair it. The victim would also have to replace the items the robber stole. I think that this law is a threat to deter any burglars. Also, Family Law number 168 states: “If a man has married a wife and a disease has seized her, if he is determined to marry a second wife, he
Hammurabi’s code was based off the saying “an eye for an eye.” Some people probably could not even read what the writing
For instance, in Law 199, if someone’s eye had been knocked out and they were a slave, the person would have to pay half the value of the slave to the owner, if the person was free, the other person’s eye needed to be knocked out, too. In addition, in Law 213, if a man hits a girl, that is a slave, which is pregnant, and she loses the baby, the man will pay two shekels of silver, but if it’s a girl that is free, her father will get paid ten shekels of silver. The reason I think that these two laws aren’t fair is because people on the lower scale didn’t have the same consequences as people on the higher scale. Overall, Hammurabi didn’t protect everyone, mostly being people on the lower social
In conclusion, Hammurabi 's code is unjust. The evidence shows that the Personal Injury Laws didn’t protect all people equally, the Property Laws punishments were too harsh, and the Family Laws can cause someone 's death. Most of Hammurabi’s laws are not just to the people or society of Babylon. Now, picture in your mind, living in Babylon with Hammurabi as your ruler. Wasn’t as good as you
This takes us to our first area of law, family law. Examples of justice can be first found in family law. If you take a look at document c, law 168, which reads, “If a man has determined to disinherit his son and has declared before the judge, “I cut off my son,” the judge shall inquire into the son’s past, and, if the son has not committed a grave
According to Hammurabi, he stated “...the strong might not inquire the weak, in order to protect the widows and orphans, I set up these my precious words...etc” (Doc B). Although I do not agree with Hammurabi’s code, I do believe that he was trying to create and maintain a healthy and safe environment for his people by trying to prevent crime with such a harsh set of laws. However, the consequences for not abiding these laws were too harsh. For example, law 195 (Doc C), if a son strikes his father, his hands will be cut off. This is not fair to the child because they would then have no self defence. In our society, this law
Was Hammurabi’s code just? Nearly 4,000 years ago, a man named Hammurabi became king of a city state called babylon. Hammurabi made a very important code in 18th century B.C.E. Hammurabi made 282 laws and he made these codes to protect the weak and poor from the strong. There are areas of law where Hammurabi’s code can be shown to be both, just and unjust. These are Family Law, Property Law, and Personal Injury Law. Each type of code is meant to bring justice to all the parts of society so that there would be fairness to the accused, fairness to the victim and fairness for society.
Hammurabi's code and the modern laws have several similarities and differences. For example, they are both intended to maintain order in society. However, Hammurabi’s code is far more violent than modern law. Also, they have different ways of handling things, different punishments, and different social structure.
One reason Hammurabi’s code was just is that his purpose was to protect the weak, widows and orphans. He said “I set up these laws, so that the strong might not injure the weak and to protect the widows and orphans” (Doc A). This proves the code was fair because he created these laws to protect people, not hurt them. This also shows that Hammurabi's code was not made in favor of him because he made the code to try and help out people low down on the social structure and not just
Visualize having a king who made 282 laws and if a person did not follow them they would get a really big punishment. That is how it was 4,000 years ago when a king named Hammurabi ruled in Babylon. He ruled Babylon for 42 years. King Hammurabi became king of Babylon in 1754 BCE. Were Hammurabi’s laws and codes fair and just? King Hammurabi’s codes were unjust because of the evidence found in the 282 laws. The codes that King Hammurabi wrote about were personal injury law, property law and family law.
Funk and Wagnall New World Encyclopedia wrote, “The basis of criminal law is that of equal retaliation, comparable to the Semitic law of ‘an eye for an eye’”(“Hammurabi, Code of” 1). Hammurabi was the first to make the law code meaning he was the first to start the foundation for our law system today. He was the father of law and today his justice code is still apparent today. The code of Hammurabi was designed to protect the weak, which includes: women, children and slaves. Funk and Wagnall wrote, “It seeks to protect the weak and the poor, including women, children, and slaves, against injustice at the hands of the rich and powerful”(Hammurabi, Code of” 1). It helps protect the people that cannot or do not know how to protect
“Cursed!” is what you'll hear if you decline the written rules of Hammurabi.400 years ago in 1754 Bce. A man named Hammurabi became king of a city called babylonia and made certain rules about family law, property law, and personal injury law and although they were laws, not all laws were fair.
The Code of Hammurabi was written by King Hammurabi and were the first set of laws to ever be created. Hammurabi created 282 laws, that set standards in his empire and in ancient Mesopotamia. Hammurabi made it clear that the laws were not only to equalize society but also establish fairness and also protect the weak from the strong. However, according to the laws, the punishment for men, women, rich, and the poor, were all different; leading that he made the laws unfair. The women of Mesopotamia had a series of laws where it clearly shows they were classified as property. Some laws had harsh punishments and other laws you just had to pay for what you did. Hammurabi clearly showed the opposite of equal among the social classes, by favoring the rich and making it harder for the poor. With the different social classes,
The Judgments of Hammurabi laid out the rules for Mesopotamian citizens. Hammurabi’s code gives judgements and consequences for certain crimes. The punishment for a crime depended on one’s social rank. There were essentially three classes; the priests and noble landlords, the freemen, and slaves. Each law illustrated the division in the societies social status. As a particular law read; “If a man has destroyed the eye of another free man, his own eye shall be destroyed. If he has destroyed the eye of a
Did you know Hammurabi created the first set of laws.Hammurabi was a king of Mesopotamia.Hammurabi’s codes were laws.They were the first set of written laws. The purpose was to punish people for stealing ,murdering,and other things.Hammurabi’s codes were just because it is a punishment and they are fair to people.Hammurabi’s Code is just for two reasons family law and property law.