Everyone has heard the phrase “an eye for an eye.” Hammurabi’s Code, one of the oldest known collections of laws, is the source of that phrase and still heavily influences legal systems today. Take a look at some of the more interesting laws in the Code.

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Hammurabi’s Code has influenced law around the world for millennia since its creation. There are 282 codes, or laws, and they introduce concepts that are still entrenched in legal systems today. These include reparations, minimum wage, insurance concepts, and liability. While the concepts are still in use, many of the punishments are harsh by modern standards, including loss of life and limb, as well as a caste system that dictates punishment depending on the caste and gender of the victim. The code is surprisingly liberal in some instances. For example, a woman can get a divorce if she is rather blameless.