Was Hammurabi's Code Just?
Not all people thought that Hammurabi's Code was fair
Hammurabi's Code is a bunch of laws organized by type that were made when he was the king of Babylonia. He made these rules to make sure that everything was fair, and that every problem has a solution. These laws were written on the stone stele of Hammurabi's Code. The stele is carved from black diorite and is more than eight feet tall, and weighs four tons. This stele was created in the 38th year of Hammurabi's rule.
Is this Code Just?
This Code was just because people do have to pay a price if they do anything against someone else, even if it has a price of death. Hammurabi's Code may seem terrible and unfair, but it is the only way to keep everyone organized and safe. He had 282 laws that were all fair. One one of those laws was, " If a man has knocked out the eye of a free man, his eye shall be knocked out." This law may be cruel, but it is fair because you are basically paying for what you did to the free man who might have done nothing to you. Another law that he made was, " If a surgeon has operated with a bronze lancet on a free man for a serious injury, and has caused his death, ... his hands shall be cut off." This law is fair because it is the surgeons fault if he caused the death of the free man.
What makes this Code fair?
What makes this Code fair is that you must pay for what you did. You can't ruin another farmers field and do nothing about it. You have to pay to replace each crop like in law 53 and 54, which is, " If a man has opened his trench for irrigation and the waters have flooded his neighbors field, the man must restore the crop he has caused to be lost." Another reason that Hammurabi's Code is fair because the gods accepted Hammurabi as King, which mean that Hammurabi has to be fair if he was accepted as King.