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When Machiavelli wrote of whether it was more important to be feared than loved he had definitely studied the cases brought up in this paper He talked of how politics and power were all that a real leader should be concerned with and if he isnt how he will not be a strong leader When Machaivelli writes of being loved he may have had the love for the gods in mind as is the case of the examples given in the assignment The main difference between the law and conceptions of law held by the ancient Egyptians the Mesopotamians and Hebrew leaders versus rule by a band of thieves is just that- a distinction between love versus power All conceptions of law in ancient civilizations had one thing in common they were all supposed to be enforced by a more supreme being For the Egyptians that being was the Pharaoh for the Mesopotamians the Gods and the rulers descended from them and for the Jews their God The people and the rulers both believed that if you violate the rules then the Gods would punish you If you followed the Gods then conversely they would see to it that you were rewarded In rule by a band of thieves you may have small amounts of love for the leaders but the real reason that keeps you following them is fear In ancient Egypt rule was kept by a class of people known as Pharaohs These men were seen to have been descended from God so they were considered more than men- but just short of real gods The earliest Pharaohs were seen as some kind of shaman or holy men with almost mystical powers sometimes wearing animal tails and the beard of their goat-flocksCourse Packet 6 Their conceptions of law had everything to do with being able to sustain the entire nation by having
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