Hammurabi's Code Was Unfair

By: Lizzy Sudbrook

Hammurabi's Laws

Though some of his laws were fair, or at least some-what fair, a lot of them weren't. Like the law "Law 48: If a man has borrowed money to plant his fields and a storm has flooded his field or carried away the crop, . . . in that year he does not have to pay his creditor." or, "Law 215: If a surgeon has operated with a bronze lancet on the body of a free man . . . and saves the man’s life, he shall receive 10 shekels of silver." Those are only some of the unfair laws, but why should a man get payed for hurting someone? Or why should the creaditor have to not reseive pay from a customer if the rain washes his seeds away?

Law 196 and 199

These 2 laws are very unfair. In law 196 it says, "If a man has knocked out the eye of a free man, his eye shall be knocked out." which is already not fair because what if it was an accident? Plus, in law 199, it says, "If he has knocked out the eye of a slave . . . he shall pay half his value." First, people should not have values. Second, a slave is a person and should be worth more than half that persons value. How is it fair that when a non-slave gets his eye knocked out, the man who did it gets his eye knocked out, but if the person is inslaved, then his owner gets money! It doesn't make any sense to me.

Law 21

This law just goes overboard. In this law, it says, "If a man has broken through the wall [to rob] a house, they shall put him to death and pierce him, or hang him in the hole in the wall which he has made." Okay, I agree, robbing houses is not a good thing, but just cause he makes 1 wrong choice, he or she should die? No. Have them be a slave, or have them move out of Babylon. There are many things that they could of done other than killl that person.

Hammurabi's Code Flocabulary

If this doesn't convince you that Hammurabi's laws were unfair, then I don't know what will. I think that the worst one was that if a child is born disabled, then it shall be killed. That is aweful. How is it the childs fault that it was born disabled and why should it have to die? It shouldn't.


Hammurabi's laws were exteremly unfair. After reasearching and reading about Hammurabi and his laws, I have become very against his laws. Do you think that his laws were fair or unfair?