Voice of Mesopotamia

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 hem, 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 nhabitants. 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 ecently 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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