Hammurabi Essay

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“Hammurabi” Current day Al-Hillah, Babil Province, Iraq, the only evidence of the past has been reduced to scattered debris. But there once was a time where this area was known as Babylon. The name itself holds a significant amount of eminence, deriving from the ancient Akkadian term, Babilu, meaning “Gateway of the Gods.” It is hard to believe that this desolate area was once considered a momentous empire of ancient Mesopotamia. Since excavation numerous artifacts that foreshadow the intelligence and structure of this age-old civilization have been discovered. For instance, the fifty-five contract tablets and letters that give an insight into the common dilemmas of ruling an empire; dealing with floods, editing a defective calendar, and even tending to livestock. In 1901 b.c., the discovery of an essential artifact would make its mark in world history. It was deemed the Stele of Hammurabi, named after one of the sixth king of Babylon. This piece of art has made its influenced on various parts of the world, particularly on government buildings. For this piece is known for being one of the world’s earliest documentations of written law. Hammurabi, a First Dynasty king of the city-state of Babylon, was an heir to the throne through his father, Sin-Muballit. Hammurabi came to reside as king in 1792 b.c. Babylon is known as one of the numerous ancient city-states that once strived on the Mesopotamian plain. These cities often feuded between one another for reign over the bountiful abundant land. The Babylonian culture, one out of several cultures co-habiting in Mesopotamia, muscled and out-witted their way to dominance throughout the Middle-East. The regimes that predated Hammurabi’s had gradually begun to establish supremacy over central Mesopotamia. When Hammurabi came into power, the city-states of Borsippa, Kish, and Sippar were already seized by

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