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Code of Hammurabi

Code of Hammurabi

Nov 2, 2012

Dating to approximately 1772 B.C., the Code of Hammurabi is one of the oldest deciphered writings of any significant length in the world, and is the longest surviving text from the Old Babylonian period. The Code represents one of the earliest examples of the concept of ‘presumption of innocence’, and also suggests that both accuser and accused may...