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Writing, Law, and Kingship in Old Babylonian Mesopotamia$
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Dominique Charpin

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780226101583

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226101590.001.0001

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The Status of the Code of Hammurabi

The Status of the Code of Hammurabi

(p.71) Chapter 5 The Status of the Code of Hammurabi
Writing, Law, and Kingship in Old Babylonian Mesopotamia
University of Chicago Press

This chapter analyzes the modalities of the composition of the Code of Hammurabi and the manner it was used in Babylonia during its author's time and after. It suggests that this code clearly belongs to a religious ideology of the exercise of kingship as indicated in the beginning of the prologue. This chapter also investigates how the code of law was formed and identifies the purposes it served.

Keywords:   Code of Hammurabi, Babylonia, religious ideology, kingship, code of law

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