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Hammurabi and International Law

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/9780226101590.003.0008
Hammurabi and International Law

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This chapter examines the Code of Hammurabi in relation to international law. It addresses three themes: the reception of foreign messengers, the law of war and the conclusion of treaties. The analysis reveals two paradoxes. The first is that only four letters of Hammurabi to Zimri-Lim was found in the very rich correspondence found in the archives of the chancellery of Mari. The second is that Hammurabi's personality is much better known than Zimri-Lim's in the Mari archives.

Keywords: Code of Hammurabi; international law; foreign messengers; law of war; treaties; Hammurabi; Zimri-Lin; Mari

Chapter.  7726 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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