4c. Hammurabi's Code: An Eye for an Eye

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Subject:
Ancient History, Law, General Law
Provider:
Independence Hall Association
Provider Set:
Ancient Civilizations
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Middle School, High School
Language:
English
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration, Reading
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Graphics/Photos, Text/HTML
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Hammurabi is the best known and most celebrated of all Mesopotamian kings. He ruled the Babylonian Empire from 1792-50 B.C.E. Although he was concerned with keeping order in his kingdom, this was not his only reason for compiling the list of laws. When he began ruling the city-state of Babylon, he had control of no more than 50 square miles of territory. As he conquered other city-states and his empire grew, he saw the need to unify the various groups he controlled.

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