Your History Moment: The Code of Hammurabi

THE CODE OF HAMMURABI is a large black basalt stela inscribed with ancient Babylonian text. It was discovered intact in 1901 by Jean-Vincent Scheil. The Stela depicts, front and back, almost 300 laws, in conditional if/then format. The Code is a surprisingly sophisticated depiction of the justice system of the time, & demonstrates that it many ways the Babylonians were almost modern in theories of jurisprudence. The Stela isn’t unique; fragments of identical codes have been found elsewhere.

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