Laws Of The Past Essay

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Do you think the laws we have now are unfair? If you do date back to the 18th century BCE and focus on Hammurabi and his code. Hammurabi was the king of a small city state named Babylon. He ruled about 1,000,000 people for 42 years. He created a code with 282 laws that were carved on a stone called a stele. The code of Hammurabi was used by all different people including the Assyrians. Was Hammurabis code just? Hammurabis code was not just because of its family laws, property laws, and personal injury laws.
In Hammurabis code he had included many family laws. Hammurabis family laws were unjust which is seen through severe punishments. Family life was a major part of the Babylonian society ...view middle of the document...

This shows that the consequence is harsh to the criminal because robbing a house isn't that bad of a crime especially back then since there were very few items in a house that can be worth a fortune like we have in houses now. This makes putting the robber to death very unfair and harsh. In law 48 about property, “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 need to pay his creditor” ( Doc D). This shows that the consequence is unfair for the victim which is the lender because back then they did not have meteorologists or the technology we have today to track a storm so the lender does not know if a storm is coming and if he should lend money to somebody. To conclude, not only was Hammurabi's code just unfair to the criminal it was also unfair to the victim.
Also in Hammurabis code there are many personal injury laws. Hammurabi was very unfair to the victim and the criminal. With personal injury laws Hammurabi tried to bring fairness and order to both the criminal and the victim. In law 209 about personal injury, “ If a man strikes the daughter of a free man and causes her to lose the fruit of her womb, he shall pay 10 shekels of silver” (Doc E). This shows that the payback to the victim is unfair. It is unfair because a baby is a living human and is worth a lot more...

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