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Western Legal Tradition Paper 1 Oct 7 1996When Machiavelli wrote of whether it was more important to be fearedthan loved he had definitely studied the cases brought up in this paper Hetalked of how politics and power were all that a real leader should beconcerned with and if he isnt how he will not be a strong leader WhenMachaivelli writes of being loved he may have had the love for the gods inmind as is the case of the examples given in the assignment The maindifference between the law and conceptions of law held by the ancientEgyptians the Mesopotamians and Hebrew leaders versus rule by a band ofthieves is just that- a distinction between love versus power All conceptions of law in ancient civilizations had one thing incommon they were all supposed to be enforced by a more supreme beingFor the Egyptians that being was the Pharaoh for the Mesopotamians theGods and the rulers descended from them and for the Jews their God Thepeople and the rulers both believed that if you violate the rules then theGods would punish you If you followed the Gods then conversely theywould see to it that you were rewarded In rule by a band of thieves youmay have small amounts of love for the leaders but the real reason thatkeeps you following them is fear In ancient Egypt rule was kept by a class of people known asPharaohs These men were seen to have been descended from God so theywere considered more than men- but just short of real gods The earliestPharaohs were seen as some kind of shaman or holy men with almostmystical powers sometimes wearing animal tails and the beard of theirgoat-flocksCourse Packet 6 Their conceptions of law had everything todo with being able to sustain the entire nation by having command over theNile floodCourse Packet 7 The Pharaoh was an omnipotent power andwas able to control everyone and everything- in all lands The Egyptianpeople were
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