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Brief Look at the Code of Hammurabi- In his position as King of Babylonia Hammurabi managed to organize the worlds first code of laws and establish Babylon as the dominant and successful Amorite city of its time Records written on clay tablets show that Hammurabi was a very capable administrator and a successful warrior His rule spanned from 1792 BC to 1750 BC When he became king in 1792 he was still young but had already become entrusted with many official duties in his administration Grolier In the early years of his reign Hammurabi mostly participated in traditional activities such as repairing buildings digging canals and fighting wars Yet later in his rule Hammurabi organized a unique code of laws the first of its kind therefore making himself one of the worlds most influential leaders Hammurabi was primarily influential to the world because of his code of laws This code consisted of 282 provisions systematically arranged under a variety of subjects He sorted his laws into groups such as family labor personal property real estate trade and business This was the first time in history that any laws had been categorized into various sections This format of organization was emulated by civilizations of the future For example Semitic cultures succeeding Hammurabis rule used some of the same laws that were included in Hammurabis code Hammurabis method of thought is evident in present day societies which are influenced by his code Modern governments currently create specific laws which are placed into their appropriate family of similar laws Hammurabi had his laws recorded upon an eight foot high black stone monument Hammurabi based his code on principles like the strong should not injure the weak and that punishment should fit the crime As for punishment
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