Have you ever heard the phrase “written in stone?” Perhaps the phrase goes all the way back to ancient Mesopotamia. They were some of the first people to have written laws, and some were even carved in stone. One of the oldest surviving examples is the code of Hammurabi, a Babylonian king who ruled from 1792-1750 BC. His laws were carved on a large basalt (black volcanic rock) pillar (stele) over 7 feet tall. The pillar was placed near the temple in Babylon and was written in the common language. The panels on the pillar contained nearly 300 laws, each describing a situation and a consequence.
Use the accompanying texts and photographs to complete the following questions. Texts for a majority of the questions will be provided with the question but a full version of the text can also be found under the Middle East Module under the name "Code of Hammurabi Text"
Due April 29th (recommended)
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