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The Code of Hammurabi

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This is a copy of the famous code of laws implemented by the ancient Babylonian ruler Hammurabi, one of the most famous kings of antiquity. People around the world are still familiar with some of the code, particularly the concept of an "eye for an eye."
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Overview

This is a copy of the famous code of laws implemented by the ancient Babylonian ruler Hammurabi, one of the most famous kings of antiquity. People around the world are still familiar with some of the code, particularly the concept of an "eye for an eye."
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  • ISBN-13: 9781502895059
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/20/2014
  • Pages: 26
  • Sales rank: 855,612
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.05 (d)

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Leonard William King, F.S.A. (8 December 1869 - 20 August 1919) was an English archaeologist and Assyriologist educated at Rugby School and King's College in Cambridge. He collected stone inscriptions widely in the Near East, taught Assyrian and Babylonian archaeology at King's College for a number of years, and published a large number of works on these subjects. He is also known for his translations of ancient works such as the Code of Hammurabi. He became the Assistant to the Keeper of Egyptian and Assyrian Antiquities at the British Museum.

Hammurabi (died c. 1750 BC) was the sixth Amorite king of Babylon (that is, of the First Babylonian Dynasty, the Amorite Dynasty) from 1792 BC to 1750 BC middle chronology (1728 BC - 1686 BC short chronology). He became the first king of the Babylonian Empire following the abdication of his father, Sin-Muballit, extending Babylon's control over Mesopotamia by winning a series of wars against neighboring kingdoms. Although his empire controlled all of Mesopotamia at the time of his death, his successors were unable to maintain his empire.

Hammurabi is known for the set of laws called Hammurabi's Code, one of the first written codes of law in recorded history. These laws were inscribed on stone tablets (stelae) standing over eight feet tall (2.4 meters), of unknown provenance, found in Persia in 1901. Owing to his reputation in modern times as an ancient law-giver, Hammurabi's portrait is in many government buildings throughout the world.

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