I purchased this book thinking there would be an accompanying narrative throughout the text to help the reader understand the many facets of the Babylonian Laws. I was mistaken. There was a "Forward" written explaining the historical background of the laws, but after that, only page after page of laws. While I respect and revere what Hammurabi accomplished, reading 4,000 year old law codes on their own is more than I could endure. I would recommend this book to the serious reader who wants to own a part of history.