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Hammurabi's Code- "A law Code" or a set of royal decisions??? As written in Mesopotamia: The Mighty Kings, (p26), the code consists if 282 laws that are branched at the beginning and end by a prologue and epilogue. The "Code" touches almost every aspect of everyday life in Babylonya. As the prologue states, the laws were supposedly written "to promote the welfare of the people,?to cause just to prevail in the land, to destroy the wicked and the evil, that the strong might not oppress the weak" ( The Human Record, p 12)...
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Furthermore, just like a real Law Code, each "law" is written in the form of conditional sentence: in which the phrase is introduced by a certain condition, "if" and the consequence follows "then". Another fact makes Hammurabi's "Code" so similar to the U.S. Constitutional Law Code is that it follows specific order, consisting of separate "chapters" associated with similar issues...
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