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The Code of Hammurabi
(circa 1792 B.C.)

First discovered in 1901, these laws are currently the earliest known complete set of codified laws. Once thought to be THE earliest laws until the discovery of a portion of the Code of Lipit-Ishtar (circa 1868 B.C.) in the 1930's. These laws are originally scripted on an eight meter monolith stone tablet in the Akkadian language. The monolith is currently part of the Near Eastern Antiquities Collection at the Lourve Museum in Paris, France. Hammurabi was the King of Babylon from about 1792 B.C. to 1750 B.C.

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