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Babylonian Laws- The Oldest Code of Laws in the World [Kindle Edition]

King of Babylon Hammurabi , C.H.W. Johns
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Code of Hammurabi is the earliest and best preserved law codes from ancient Babylon, created ca. 1760 BC. It was enacted by the sixth Babylonian king, Hammurabi.


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  • File Size: 50 KB
  • Print Length: 53 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: MacMay22 (April 6, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0017HNV1U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A VERY INTERESTING DOCUMENT...And Hey, its free! March 23, 2012
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What we have here is a very interesting free Kindle download. "Babylonian Laws," which most of us were (I am not sure if this is still the case) exposed to in Junior High, or at the very latest, in High School, are of course more popularly known as "The Code of Hammurabi" and are the oldest known (I stress "known") laws we presently have access to.

This copy, which was published in or around 1903 by C.H.W. Johns (1857 - 1920) contains all the know elements of this code. Some of the material here is rather fragmented and much has been lost down through the ages. After all, this work was created around B.C. 2285 - 2242.

In this particular work we are given a very nice forward by C.H.W. Johns who was an Assyriologist and Church of England Clergyman. Johns has quite a number of academic papers under his belt, this being one of them.

After the introduction the actual code, or what we know if it, is recorded in all of its known sections. I personally found this to be an interesting read. I must admit to having never read the Code in its entirety before and this gave me a golden opportunity to do so.

The reader will find that almost all aspects of society at that time were covered. Quite a number of the situations found during those times no longer exists, but on the other hand many do and for me it is interesting to note that mankind has not changed all that much down through the ages.

It is of particular note the various punishments required for infractions of many of these laws. I covered the first 15 or so pages and I fear to tell you that had I lived at that time my life would have been rather short due to the fact that the death penalty seemed to be the main form of punishment...
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Thought September 1, 2012
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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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very "dry" reading. April 13, 2013
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Normally, I wouldn't read these kind of book anymore. Not as much enjoyment, and I don't need much more of this kind of education. Okay, so this is just me. It's a good book for learning what went on back in those days. Try ut, you may like it!
Lou
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very dry and boring March 14, 2013
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This book nearly put me to sleep. I love learning about laws of other cultures and the forerunner of our current system of laws but it was very dry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ancient Wisdom March 10, 2013
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Fascinating look at laws. I have been curious about these rules. Enjoyed the insight into ancient society. Regulations have long been the bane of our existence!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting February 18, 2013
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I have always wondered about this code since learning of it in class, but I had never seen a written copy of what it contains. That is exactly what this is! It was fun to read some of the old laws of the time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent February 12, 2013
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I love the condition of this book and am very pleased with the quality that was promised to me, I would recommend Amazon to others looking for high quality books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great work of history January 3, 2013
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these are the original codes of law from the beginning of written history. Reading this and understanding what the laws of the past were is great for understanding the laws of today.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Great rendition of a classic. The Code of Hammurabi has lasted thousands of years for a reason, and it maks for interesting study and comparison to later legal treatises.
Published 7 months ago by Jack. Mcdonald
5.0 out of 5 stars No Matter What You Do In Ancient Babylon
You die. Or someone else dies. Or your family has to pay reparations and you have to slaughter an ox. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Lofti M
5.0 out of 5 stars History buffs will love this.
You might have heard of some or all of the Codes but never knew where they originated. A lot of religions, civilizations and empires laws were based on Hammurabi and you'll... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ima Cygnenoir
5.0 out of 5 stars still pertinent
I chose 5 stars because it's readable and very thorough. Interesting that crimes don't change much, just the consequences. Read more
Published 10 months ago by M. DAngio
4.0 out of 5 stars Harsh laws but some fair points
The Code of Hammurabi, from the third millenium B.C.E., was an attempt to encode various laws into a fairly straight forward justice system. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sarah Marie
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
Imagine if these laws were in place? But unless people are held to the laws, by accountability, it has no more worth than the paper it is on.
Published 11 months ago by JK
5.0 out of 5 stars IT WAS FREE so i got it
I ain't read it i got it cause at the time it was free lol figured it wasn't a risk on my end so when i get time i'll read it.
Published 12 months ago by Buckeye Drew
4.0 out of 5 stars Tragic fork in the road
I don't want to imply that I think or ever will think that there is an absolute "truth" out there - in fact, I don't even like the word but this Code of Hammurabi, by its sheer... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Bette Inman
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