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The Code of Hammurabi and Babylonian Culture

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Describe what the Code of Hammurabi reveals about Babylonian culture; consider relations between men and women, slaves and free men.

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King Hammurabi ruled Babylon from 1792-1750 BCE. He is famous among historians today because of the series of judgments or laws that has been found inscribed on tablets and stones. The set of laws is reflective of Babylonian society. The code itself was written at about 1772 BC and is known as being one of the oldest writings of significant length in the world. The code is a combination of scaled punishments and around 282 laws.

The laws set about a caste system where the law was ...

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This solution explains the implications of the Code of Hammurabi on our understanding of ancient Babylonian culture.

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