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Code of Hammurabi
by Elonka at 12:29 pm EDT, May 6, 2003

I'd been concerned that with the looting of the museums in Baghdad, that the 8-foot-high stone carving of the "Code of Hammurabi" had been lost. There were indeed some reports that it was one of the things taken, but evidently the one in Baghdad was a copy, and the original is still safe in the Louvre in Paris (I guess the French do occasionally have their uses).

This page has a picture and a description of the stele, from the Louvre website. You can also click on the image for a close-up view. A list of the 282 laws there inscribed can be found here:

A lot of the laws have to do with fines for stealing property and livestock or for hurting or causing hurt to others ("Eye for an eye," "Tooth for a tooth.") The fines in "minas" and "shekels" are of course no longer valid, but there are some laws that would be tempting to reinstate today, such as #5:

If a judge try a case, reach a decision, and present his judgment in writing; if later error shall appear in his decision, and it be through his own fault, then he shall pay twelve times the fine set by him in the case, and he shall be publicly removed from the judge's bench, and never again shall he sit there to render judgement.

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