Meso report

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Another essay i did in class for world civilizations.

Submitted: September 10, 2012

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Submitted: September 10, 2012



The Explaining of Mesopotamia Law

After reading the laws of Mesopotamia, it has shown me that the people of Mesopotamia are more than just and old people with and old culture. They are a civilized republic with one of the first set of laws known to man. They may be harsh but in that time those were the rules to follow.

There are a total of 12 laws. Each one for a specific topic that is in everyday life of Mesopotamia. There are some useful ones like for example, Number 3 states if someone rents a field and uses it and pays rent. That in which a storm or some horrible thing happens they will get a reduction. It is just like if someone rents a house and something there happens the renter may give them a discount until they can get their problem fixed.

Another good law is number 4 a law like we use today. It states if a merchant gives the clerk money harvest or etc. he will receive a receipt show how much he gave and he got. We use receipt even now as we advance.

The women were not regard as much as the men are but had a few rules made for them. Like if a son disowns his mother she can take his inheritances or if her husband dies and she is childless she can keep the dowry. The downside to it was they were not in the same respect as men and if they disowned there husband they were thrown in the river, while if a husband disowned his wife all he did was pay a small fine which to me is not fair at all.

Now the social classes where all in these laws I could see that there where; gardeners,peasants,farmers,merchants,Shepherds,overseers,fisherman, and  rich people and nobles. There seem to be many of the social classes stated in the laws.

Finally slavery, it seems that slavery was chattel slavery. In some of the laws they stated that if a man tries to sell a slave and someone is to claim rights to him/her and is taken from the present owner the seller has to pay the buyer.  There are more like this one in the laws.

In conclusion I have interpreted that the people of Mesopotamia are indeed a very civilized culture for having these rules. These rules are basic sense and some of it is similar to what we have today. It is also revealed to me that Mesopotamia where a people bound together by their rules. A not so technological people who stick to the rules and abided by them to some extent in fear of punishment.

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