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The Status of the Code of Hammurabi

in Writing, Law, and Kingship in Old Babylonian Mesopotamia

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780226101583
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226101590 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226101590.003.0006
The Status of the Code of Hammurabi

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This chapter analyzes the modalities of the composition of the Code of Hammurabi and the manner it was used in Babylonia during its author's time and after. It suggests that this code clearly belongs to a religious ideology of the exercise of kingship as indicated in the beginning of the prologue. This chapter also investigates how the code of law was formed and identifies the purposes it served.

Keywords: Code of Hammurabi; Babylonia; religious ideology; kingship; code of law

Chapter.  5135 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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