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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

(p.97) Chapter 7 Hammurabi and International Law
Writing, Law, and Kingship in Old Babylonian Mesopotamia
University of Chicago Press

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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