the code is divided into what three parts “in the hammurabi’s code”?

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  • anonymous
    6 days ago

    – a historical prologue relating the investiture of King Hammurabi in his role as “protector of the weak and oppressed,” and the formation of his empire and achievements;

    – a lyrical epilogue summing up his legal work and preparing its perpetuation in the future;

    – these two literary passages frame a text describing almost three hundred laws and legal decisions governing daily life in the kingdom of Babylon. The legal part of the text uses everyday language and is here simplified, for the king wanted it to be understood by all. However, the legal decisions are all constructed in the same manner: a phrase in the conditional sets out a problem of law or social order; it is followed by a response in the future tense, in the form of the sanction for the guilty party or the settlement of a situation: “Should an individual do such and such a thing, such and such a thing will happen to him or her.”

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