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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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Hammurabi and International Law

Hammurabi and International Law

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(p.97) Chapter 7 Hammurabi and International Law
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Writing, Law, and Kingship in Old Babylonian Mesopotamia
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226101590.003.0008

This chapter examines the Code of Hammurabi in relation to international law. It addresses three themes: the reception of foreign messengers, the law of war and the conclusion of treaties. The analysis reveals two paradoxes. The first is that only four letters of Hammurabi to Zimri-Lim was found in the very rich correspondence found in the archives of the chancellery of Mari. The second is that Hammurabi's personality is much better known than Zimri-Lim's in the Mari archives.

Keywords:   Code of Hammurabi, international law, foreign messengers, law of war, treaties, Hammurabi, Zimri-Lin, Mari

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