Analyzing Primary Sources: Hammurabi's Code (Babylon) and Mesopotamia worksheet
Analyzing Primary Sources:
Hammurabi’s Code of Laws
The image above shows the tops of a pillar that had Hammurabi’s Code engraved on it. Hammurabi’s Law code prescribed punishments ranging from fines to death. Often the punishments were based on the social class of the victim. Below are some examples of the laws:
1. Why might the punishments for the crimes be based on social class? What does this tell you about society?
2. What do you think the value was in making the punishments for the crimes known to all?
3. Compare the Laws of Hammurabi with that of the laws in the United States today. How are the punishments similar and/or different?