Hammurabi was the sixth king of Babylonia. He became king in 1792 at a young age but was still very successful. In the early years of his reign, he mostly did traditional activities, such as repair their walls and their temples as Sargon and Ur-gur had done. He built great canals, uniting the earlier ones into a single large system which insured rich harvests to all the valley, and fought wars. Something he is very known for though, is his code of laws.
This code is the earliest of which we
This is where King hammurabi ended his reign. have definite knowledge; because Urukagina's earlier laws are only known by stories or comments. Hammurabi's code was recently discovered, engraved on a pillar which had been set up in Susa. Sailors were a different class of society, with a code of their own for boat passing and making way for one another upon the river. If you killed someone, you would be killed. Bankers transferred money by promissory notes, the people were deeply superstitious, and a man could be executed for "putting a spell" on someone. The Babylonians had courts of justice, but they also had slaves. If you stole something your hand would get chopped off. For example, if you said something you weren"tmt supposed to , your tongue would get chopped off. They punished people for oppression, for immorality, and even for making false statements. After that his successors began to degenerate gradually in ability, until in the eighteenth century B. One of his popular laws is referred to as an eye for an eye. They had hotels or inns for travelers.