Hammurabi's Code Was Unfair!
By: Kaitlyn Elwart
Laws 21, 48, 129, 195-196, 209, 215
Law 48: If a man borrows money for crops and a flood washes the crops away he doesn't need to pay back. This is unfair because sure the man is glad but what about the store owner and worker? They don't get the money they need.
Law 129: If a married woman goes out with another man, they shall bind them and cast them into the water. This is unfair, I agree that they should punish them, but maybe not as harsh.
Law 195: If a son hurts his father he should lose his hands. This is unfair because I think that the parent's should get to punish their children and decide what their punishment is.
Law 196: If a man knocks out an eye of a free man, his eye gets knocked out. Unfair becuase what if the hurt man was guilty of something? The man may've had a reason to hit him.
Law 209: If someone strikes a girl and causes her to lose the fruit of her womb he shall pay 10 shekels. This is unfair because having children is priceless, he should pay more at least.
Law 215: If a sergeon operates on a man and saves his life he recieves 10 shekels of silver. This is unfair, if he saves his life I feel he should be rewarded more than that.
In this video you will learn more about his code. About how he killed people. It is also very informational about his code and laws.
This is a picture of what Hammurabi looked like.
This is where they put all the laws.
Here is a close up of the writing on the statue.