We completed the Early River Valley Civilization Reading Guide. We reviewed for our Vocabulary Quiz by playing a Kahoot, online game. The vocabulary words can also be studied through Quizlet at the link below. Our main lesson was on King Hammurabi and the law code he created for Babylonia. Here is an excerpt from our reading, plus a link to the website and a short video on his laws and their importance.
Quizlet Flashcards for Vocab
In 1754 B.C., Hammurabi conquered and united all the cities of Mesopotamia under his rule. Although he was a brutal warrior, his greatest achievement was his code of laws, which he had engraved on a towering stone monument.
Hammurabi’s Code was not the first, but it was the most complete set of laws that has survived. It is important because it created a set of rules that helped to govern a civilization while trying to protect people even if they had little political power. It called for different punishments based on the class of the lawbreaker and the victim of the crime. In the Code, punishments often fit the crime by demanding and “eye for an eye” or a “tooth for a tooth”.
You Be the Judge Website on specific laws and punishments
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