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In his position as king of Babylonia Hammurabi managed to organize the worlds first code of law 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 administrationIn 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 hiss 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 futureFor 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 black stone monument Hammurabi based on his code on principles like the strong should not injure the weak and that punishment should fit the crime As for punishment legal actions were initiated under the code by written pleadings testimony was taken under oath The code was severe in its penalties prescribing an eye for an eye a tooth for a tooth This code of laws was
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