Was Hammurabi's code just, or was it unfair? by Skye McCord
What do I think?
Hammurabi ruled for around 42 years, and at the end he had created over 282 laws. One law, for example, dictated that if a son strikes his father, the his hands will be "crit" off (law #195). Another law says that if a married woman us caught cheating on her husband with another man, the woman and the man she cheated with will be tied up and thrown into the water (law 129). This means that if someone is caught cheating, they will basically be drowned for their crime. In my opinion, that is a very harsh law for an offence that can be more easily dealt with.
More about the code
The city of Babylon, where Hammurabi ruled.
Part of a carving that shows Hammurabi being instructed on how to use the laws by a god.
Some of Hammurabi's code carved onto a piece of stone.