VOICE OF MESOPOTAMIA Essay

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2000 BC
UTU AMORINIIS HAMMURABI ON THE RIGHT TRACK?Every one living in the land between the
Tigris and Euphrates river is wondering about the new Code of ilammurabi, The most commonly asked
questions are, “Is it effecflve? and “Is it fair to the people?”. The purpose of this article is to shed some light
on these questions.Is the Code of Hammurabi effective? From what I have seen, it is highly effective. The
effectiveness of the code is due to the harsh punishments and the deterrence it causes. The punishment for a
crime in Hammurabi’s Code must fit the crime. For instance, if a citizen were to kill another by stabbing
them, the same fate would be put on that citizen. As you can see, if anyone were to witness these
executions, it would probably deter them from stabbing someone,Although effective, Hammurabi’s Code
may seem to be very harsh. For example, if someone accuses another of the crime of murder, that person
must prove the defendant guilty, or be put to death himself If you wor!
k in the building business, you better watch your step with your work. I recently interviewed a builder who
wassentenced to die because his sloppy work caused one of his houses to collapse and kill three of its
inhabitants. You may feel these examples are really very fair, but I feel they are much too severe.Is the
Code of Hammurabi fair to the people? To answer this question, I would like to bring up the situation
which Gudea-il is in now. Gudea-il is a commoner, like most of us, who claims to be the victim of a great
injustice. Gudea-il had a brother who was killed by a highly known and respected politician(we wont
mention any names) over a matter of money. This politician was proven guilty in court with the help of
Gudea-il, but was only sentenced to fifteen days in a minimum security jail. He only served four of those
fifteen days and was set free for great behavior(more like great communication skills with the warden-
>$$$). Needless to say, Gudea-il was quite angered at !
this, so he proceeded to knock out three of the politician’s teeth. Gudea-il recently had three of his own
teeth removed by a very large, unpleasant law enforcer. This story shows how Hammurabi’s Code favors
higher status in our society After listening to Gudea-il, and several other similar stories, I have determined
Hammurabi’s Code to be generally unfair to commoners.NEW ADVANCES IN “MATHEMATICS”
SOLVES PROBLEMSI am happy to say that our scholars are responsible for solving many problems using
our newly found use of numbers. Our use of the system based on sixty, ten, and six has evolved to form
texts of two kinds: tables and problems.The texts of tables contain new concepts which include squares,
square roots, cubes, cubed roots, and reciprocals. These texts are not directly responsible for problem –
solving, though the second type.The texts of problems include equations, pure mathematics, and ways of
solving concrete problems. Planning irrigation ditches is just one of the w!
ays this text is useful.By using both of these texts, citizens can solve many of our common problems.
Building is made so much easier, for example. Practical knowledge of geometry and trigonometry is very
helpful for building cities, palaces, our favorite temples, and canals. Mathematics is a relatively new and
open part of our culture, but I have a feeling it will grow rapidly and become a very important field.
So if you happen to pass by the pillar of Hammurabi, stop and take a couple of minutes to check the laws.
These laws are effective, and may be a little unfair, but over all I believe Hammurabi is on the right track to
making our lives a little better here in Mesopotamia.THE TIGRIS RIVER: ITS TWO FACESAs we all
know, the Tigris river is a necessary part of our life in Lagash. We use the water from this river to irrigate
our crops and to quench our own thirst. Many other things come from the river, such as fish to feed us and
clay for building materials. The river may b!
e able to promote life, but it is also very capable of destroying it.Thirteen citizens of Lagash were killed
recently in the annual flood of the Tigris. In addition to the thirteen, twenty4hree people were wounded by
flash flooding which ravaged our city. Sixty-four people lost their houses to the flood, in addition to their
livestock and cattle.The river, although productive, has become a major problem to our way of life.
Something must be done about the flooding. Unfortunately, we have no way of stopping the floods except
trying to please the Gods. Considering the loss of my sister in the last flood, I am beginning to lose faith in
them.ZIGGURAT FINISHED!It is about time. Finally, in the year 2,OOOB.C., the great ziggurat is
completed. This monstrous, stepped high-rise practically shadows the entire town.The high priests have
already began to worship and perform the ooes4ituais. After all the wealth these priests squeezed out of us ,
this place better be worth it. I, myself !
had to give up most of my land to help feed and clothe these people.The Gods better appreciate what we
have sacrificed for them and their temple. Frankly, I have not seen any signs of love from the Gods in a
very long time. Well, the outside is impressive, anyway.

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