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12 Tables Essay

  • Submitted by: emoney21
  • on December 5, 2011
  • Category: History
  • Length: 835 words

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Andrew George
Western Civilization
9/13/10

          The Roman Twelve Tables Vs. The Code of Hammurabi

      In today's society we have a system to keep the people safe and in check, this system is known as laws. Simply put if you do something that society does not permit, you get punished. As laws have evolved to hundreds of thousands of them all over the world. With countries having their own set of laws some different in every country and to their cultures. Some have the death penalty and some have fines, it just depends on what went on in the situation. The Code of Hammurabi was the first known set of laws in 1780 BC and the second known set of laws were the Roman Twelve Tables in 450 BC. These laws were created in the Mesopotamian era, and they were most successful. These laws are what we have used to create the laws today, without having the Code of Hammurabi and The Roman Twelve Tables; the rules today could have been completely different. But were these two Codes of law the same? Or where they different in there own time?
      The Code of Hammurabi and the Roman Twelve Tables can be compared and contrasted to what I think, are very similar views and rules, yet very different. These codes of law were created to monitor and protect the societies at hand. Hammurabi‚Äôs code of laws was created 1330 years before the Roman Twelve Tables. Yet as time in Hammurabi's code era, was based off of a religious standpoint and the culture that it was engulfed in. The Roman Twelve Tables were based off of science and their culture, not from a religious view. Hammurabi's Codes or laws were very strict yet very successful. If one were to break a Hammurabi Code that person would be punished very harshly, then what we know today as the punishment system. Hammurabi's Codes also made distinct rules for different types of classes, there for the rights were not equal under Hammurabi's Code and was, to me, unfair. Hammurabi's codes treated the lower class citizens harsher...

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