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The Code of Hammurabi

(Excerpt)

http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/medieval/hamframe.htm


Hammurabi was the sixth of eleven kings in the Old Babylonian Dynasty. He ruled for 42 years, from 1792 to 1750 BC. Hammurabi’s Code is one of the oldest and most famous law codes in history. It served as an influence on other law codes such as the Ten Commandments, and the US Constitution.

3 . If any one bring an accusation of any crime before the elders, and does not prove what he has charged, he shall, if it be a capital offense charged, be put to death.

22 . If any one is committing a robbery and is caught, then he shall be put to death.

25 . If fire break out in a house, and some one who comes to put it out cast his eye upon the property of the owner of the house, and take the property of the master of the house, he shall be thrown into that self-same fire.

129 . If a man's wife is caught with another man, both shall be tied and thrown into the water, but the husband may pardon his wife if the king agrees.

195 . If a son strike his father, his hands shall be hewn off.

196 . If a man put out the eye of another man, his eye shall be put out. [ An eye for an eye ]

197 . If he break another man's bone, his bone shall be broken.

200 . If a man knock out the teeth of his equal, his teeth shall be knocked out. [ A tooth for a tooth ]

209 . If a man strike a free-born woman so that she lose her unborn child, he shall pay ten shekels for her loss.

210 . If the woman die, his daughter shall be put to death.

229 . If a builder build a house for some one, and does not construct it properly, and the house which he built fall in and kill its owner, then that builder shall be put to death.

282 . If a slave say to his master: "You are not my master," if they convict him his master shall cut off his ear.

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