Dbq Code Of Hammurabi

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In 1750 BCE,Mesopotamians of Babylon faced a land of harsh and dry years or a sudden flood and the code of King Hammurabi. Justice is the process of using laws to fairly judge and punish crimes and criminals. Hammurabi 's code is not just. They grew up to die at an average age of 30 years, death was an everyday problem especially when King Hammurabi started his rule. He expanded his empire of Babylon. He wrote his famous code that only rich priest upper and middle class people could read and abide to. His code was written with a sense of power,claiming he was commanded by the almighty God of Justice,Shamash. In Doc B he repeated words "I" and "my" continuously throughout the code, showing that he only made the decisions without any help other…show more content…
Babylonians of Hammurabi 's empire faced problems in protecting their property and growing farms. With the start of King Hammurabi 's establishment of code, problems were harder to solve and created chaos and unfairness. Laws 21,23,48,53 - 56, caused an increase in problems of the everyday lives of Babylonians.These laws caused creditors and governors to lose lots of money and caused many problems. The laws #53 to 56 are [53]"If anyone is too lazy to keep his dam in proper condition, and does not so keep it; if then the dam break and all the fields be flooded, then shall he in whose dam the break occurred "[56]" If a man let in the water, and the water overflow the plantation of his neighbor, he shall pay ten gur of corn for every ten gan of land." In law 53 they must lose their dam.In law 54 they are not given even a few weeks of time for payment.Law 55 causes the person to lose lots of money and the receiving could get bad crops. For law 56, in some land area there may be more valuable or a larger quantity in 1 land unit than the other.Then law 48 determines that "If a man has borrowed money to plant his fields and a storm has flooded his field or carried away the crop,......in that year he does not have to pay his creditor."This means the creditor would suffer and the economy would go down. The debtor will be happy and able to say that my storm has been flooded and he has no need to pay. This may be helping the debtor but by causing the creditor to lose money it could cause a chain reaction. Law 23 causes the city mayor or territory governor to lose a large sum of money.The law 23 is"If the robber is not caught,the man who has been robbed shall formally declare whatever he has lost before a God,and the city and the territorial mayor or mayor of the district has been committed shall replace for him whatever he has lost." This meaning the mayor must pay for some other person mistakes. The robber is left and could escape while the mayor and city

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