The Disciplined Society: The Code Of Hammurabi

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The code of Hammurabi shows a very disciplined society. It also appears that parents and husbands were seen in high regards. You can also tell that there are social classes within the Babylonian society. Many of the laws have separate laws for slaves, common men, merchants and women. The codes also show their views on women. It appears that the Babylonian’s did not have complete disregard for a women. Several of the codes explain that if the husband were to cheat or accuse her of cheating, but she has not been “surprised”, then she is free to go, whereas in other societies, the women was always found guilty and punished in some way. The Babylonian’s also did not tolerate stealing. The punishments were more severe if stolen from a temple or court, but mostly, the person who stole must pay for the property, or be put to death. The phrase, “an eye for an eye” comes from these laws. The Babylonian’s believed that whatever you do to someone must be done to you in return. However, if you do something to someone in a lower class, such as a slave or a freed-man, then that person would usually just have to pay some money. It seems that this society relied heavily on social classes and the punishments would depend on what class someone was in. There are also several laws on physicians, which meant that healthcare was important to them. The laws say how much the patient would have to pay the doctor depending on whatever the situation was. Some of the laws apply to builders, saying that the house must be built probably or, depending on the damage, he may be put to death or his son will. This shows that the Babylonians wanted their builders to be the best and do the…show more content…
If a man has stolen goods from a temple, or house, he shall be put to death; and he that has received the stolen property from him shall be put to death. 131. If a man's wife has been accused by her husband, and has not been caught lying with another, she shall swear her innocence, and return to her

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