By: Adriyana Johnson
Hammurabi was a brilliant even leader. His armies fought many battles to expand his power. Eventually he thought all of Mesopotamia into his empire, called the Babylonian Empire After his capital. He was also an able ruler who could govern a huge empire. He oversaw many building and inspiration projects and improved Babylonian's tax collection system to help pay for them. He also brought much prosperity through increased trade.
Hammurabi's code was a set of 282 laws that dealt with almost every part of daily life. For instance, injuring a rich man brought a greater penalty than injuring a poor man. Hammurabi's code was important not only for how thorough it was, but also because it was written down for all to see. Hammurabi ruled for 42 years. During his reign Babylon became the most important city in Mesopotamia. However, after his death, Babylonian power declined.