How Is Hammurabi Relevant Today

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Hammurabi’s Code, The Tale of the Eloquent Peasant, and an Assyrian Law and a Palace Decree essentially discusses the relationship between justice and the law in the individual civilizations. Each bring out different understandings of the communities on how justice applies in society as well as how we refer to such laws today.
Hammurabi 's code refers to the set of rules or laws that were put into place by the Babylonian king: Hammurabi. Setting the basis for most modern laws, this code was meant to provide a sense of direction for the people of his empire regarding justice and morality. This code composed of approximately 300 commandments addresses several common disputes ranging from homicide, assault, adoption, and debt, to many other uncommon
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Unlike today, men and women were not treated equally. This particular concept of justice arose because in the Babylonian society there were three classes of people including those who owned property, the freemen, and the slaves of property owners. Hammurabi’s code required many severe punishments but were measured in regard to the person’s social class, having property owners belong to the highest class and also receive the most lenient punishments compared to slaves (Reilly, 2012). As stated, this direct notion can be pragmatic today when considering the utilitarian view when administering punishments to the…show more content…
According to the story, the human understanding of justice is that it revolves around the actions assumed by the law rather than the actual outcomes. The idea of justice constructed upon the process accepted is based on the simple fact that it ensures that all the pertinent issues are addressed. Additionally, if the process is not followed correctly, it’ll become too complex to explain to the accuser how an action done good to them will now make up for an action done wrong to them before. This idea should be applied in today’s culture because the public is accountable for serving justice and it is obligated to follow the correct process in doing so appropriately.
Much of the Assyrian law concept of justice is comparable to the Babylonian law because both had many very harsh punishments. For instance, if someone were murdered, the family of the person who was murdered could decide how the murderer was to die. This concept of justice was, again, based upon revenge (Reilly, 2012). This concept could be applied in the present-day society so that it can discourage offenders from committing the crime. Ultimately, it would keep people from committing crimes in
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