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The formers of the Hammurabis Code of Laws surely created strict rules with severe punishments for their violation In fact these laws played a big role in organization of Mesopotamian society Reading these laws reader may learn about ideals people of Mesopotamia had about crimes their attitude to the lower and higher social classes and legal rights between men and womenReading the laws I noticed that many crimes were punished by death penalty Many laws tell that guilty person has to pay the same price for the physical harm one did to another person or ones relative laws 196 197 229 230 For instance law 196 states If a man put out the eye of another man his eye shall be put out In addition at that time people were penalized to death for many crimes or wrongdoings that almost never would be penalized with capital punishment at a modern time Among such felony and misdemeanors are stealing 6 14 21 robbery 22 accusation 23 adultery 129 130 and desertion 32 33Hammurabis Code also reveals inequality between social classes Slaves were not treated by the laws the same as free-born people For example In law 202 it says If any one strike the body of a man higher in rank than he he shall receive sixty blows with an ox-whip in public At the same time in law 203 we read If a free-born man strike the body of another free-born man or equal rank he shall pay one gold mine It will not take much effort for a free-born man to pay one gold mine for his wrongdoing but for the slave it is much more dreadful and humiliating to receive sixty blows with a whip in publicAccording to the Code of Hammurabi women had some legal rights but these rights were not equal to mens Married women had a right to divorce as well as men In fact in order to acquire the
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