The Code of Hammurabi: Law of Mesopotamia
A document-based teaching unit.
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This unit examines various law codes of the sophisticated culture of Mesopotamia. Students will read the precedent-setting case of "The Silent Wife" and examine how societies arrive at a system of justice by drawing on both divine and natural laws.
LessonsLesson One: Law and Justice in Sumer and Babylonia
Lessons Two: The Code of Hammurabi and Other Ancient Codes
Lessons Three: Court Cases from the Ancient Near East and Today
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