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Analysis of the Death Penalty System in the Code of Hammurabi

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DOI: 10.23977/jsoce.2023.051110 | Downloads: 35 | Views: 372


Tang Lu 1


1 School of Law, Guilin University of Electronic Technology, Guilin, China

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The Code of Hammurabi is an ancient legal code established by the Babylonian King Hammurabi, believed to have been written around the 18th century BCE. This legal code is considered one of the earliest known legal codes in the world and covers a wide range of legal areas, including criminal offenses, marriage and family matters, commercial crimes, and procedural aspects of litigation. The Code of Hammurabi contains relatively strict and distinctive provisions regarding the death penalty, reflecting the ancient society's understanding of punishment, culpability, and justice. This paper intends to explore these aspect of the code.


The Code of Hammurabi; Death Penalty; Property Ownership; Homogeneous Revenge


Tang Lu, Analysis of the Death Penalty System in the Code of Hammurabi. Journal of Sociology and Ethnology (2023) Vol. 5: 73-78. DOI:


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