Hammurabi's Code

Hammurabi's Code was very strict. The punishment for breaking the laws was different for each social class. The codes were based on three social groups, the nobles, freemen, and slaves. Crimes committed against a person of high social status were punished more than someone of low social status. The law's really enforced the statement "An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth." For example, if someone in the same social class cuts your hand off, then you get to cut theirs off. Crimes against lower class were handled by paying money. The code did not accept any explanations or excuses. The commonest of all punishments was a fine.
Agriculture was very important in the code. You were expected to keep your farmland in good condition. If you didn't one of the laws state, "If landowners and tenants failed to keep dikes in good repair or to control water flow properly and thus caused damage to others' crops, they were required to pay for the grain that was destroyed."
Marriage and family was the most important part of Hammurabi's Code. Adultery, incest, and homosexuality were not tolerated. If you commit adultery you would be punished with death by drowning.
In families, fathers had control of the children and wives. Children were punished severely if they disobeyed their parents. People were able to get a divorce under certain conditions. If a wife were not able to have children by her husband, he would be able to get a divorce.
Women did not have the same rights as men. The woman's place was in the home. Some women did work in business.
These codes reflected the Babylonians in many ways. There weren't any laws that stated a specific religious belief about a god or gods. This is because Babylonians did not have strong religious beliefs. I think they were very controlling people, and that is why the laws weren't as strict to higher-class people. Social status was respected…


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