Shelves: ancient-cultures "So the strong should not harm the weak. A fascinating peek into life at the dawn of civilization. FYI: There is no law 13! Some interesting laws: If a man takes a woman to wife, but has no intercourse with her, this woman is no wife to him. If a man be guilty of incest with his daughter, he shall be exiled.
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Shelves: ancient-cultures "So the strong should not harm the weak. A fascinating peek into life at the dawn of civilization. FYI: There is no law 13! Some interesting laws: If a man takes a woman to wife, but has no intercourse with her, this woman is no wife to him. If a man be guilty of incest with his daughter, he shall be exiled. If anyone be guilty of incest with his mother after his father, both shall be burned.
If an artisan has undertaken to apprentice a child and teaches him his craft, he can not be demanded back.
If a son strikes his father, his hands shall be hewn off. If a physician makes a large incision with the operating knife, and kills the patient, or opens a tumor with the operating knife, and cuts out the eye, his hands shall be cut off. If a veterinary surgeon performs a serious operation on an ass or an ox, and cures it, the owner shall pay the surgeon one-sixth of a shekel as a fee.
If anyone buys a male or female slave, and before a month has elapsed the benu-disease be developed, he shall return the slave to the seller, and receive the money which he had paid. I appreciate Judge Judy all the more after reading this. What do we learn from reading these laws? We learn that humanity has changed! I daresay for the better. A lot of the laws are settling property and contract disputes. So the code prescribes price and wage fixing--Adam Smith is still millennia in the future.
You get the classic eye for an eye that appears later in the Jewish holy A disturbing look into ancient Mesopotamia, through the laws passed by King Hammurabi almost years ago. You get the classic eye for an eye that appears later in the Jewish holy texts, and a shattered limb for a shattered limb. Because, according to code "If [a man] causes a poor man to lose his eye or shatter his limb, the man shall pay him one mira of silver. As code tells us: "If a son of a palace warder or a palace woman, to the father that brought him up and to the mother that brought him up, has said "thou art not my father, thou art not my mother.
We learn that men and women are treated entirely different. For the most part, women are treated like chattel, with non-slaves being treated somewhat better than slaves. We learn that if a wet nurse bears a child from the wrong man, "cutt off her breasts. But cut their hands off it they mess up.
Any volunteers for the medical profession? Debates about whether history can improve are typically heated. Today, we have unique problems that need addressing.
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