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Hammurabi’s Code

Hammurabi’s Code listed 282 laws dealing with a variety of subjects. A few examples of these laws are listed below.
196. If a man put out the eye of another man, his eye shall be put out.
197. If he breaks another man’s bone, his bone shall be broken.
198. If he put out the eye of a freed man, or break the bone of a freed man, he shall pay one [silver] mina.
199. If he put out the eye of a man’s slave, or break the bones of a man’s slave, he shall pay one-half of its value.
200. If a man knock out the teeth of his equal, his teeth shall be knocked out.
201. If he knock out the teeth of a freed man, he shall pay one-third of a [silver] mina.
202. If any one strike the body of a man higher in rank than he, he shall receive sixty blows with an ox-whip in public.

Based on this passage from Hammurabi’s Code, in Babylonian society.

all people were treated equally.

no one owned slaves.

punishment was based on social status.

women had the same rights as men.

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