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10. The Code of Ur-Nammu (Mesopotamia, ca. 2,380-2,360 BC)
9. The Code of Hammurabi (Babylonia, ca. 1786 BC)
8. The Code of the Nesilim (Hittie Empire, ca. 1650-1500 BC)
7. 42 Negative Confessions (Egypt, ca. 1250 BC)
6. Kang Gao (China, ca. 11th Century BC)
5. The Draconian Constitution (Greece, ca. 7th Century BC)
4. Torah (Judaism, ca. 600-400 BC)
3. Dharmasutras (India, ca. 600-100 BC)
2. Twelve Tables of Roman Law (Rome, 451 BC)
1. The Omi Code/Asuka Kiyomihara Code (Japan, 668 AD/689 AD)
There is no evidence outside the bible that moses existed. maybe stay more on the facts and less on the made up stuff? also, maybe use BCE and CE instead of the christian count, makes you look less biased.
"There is no evidence outside the bible that moses existed."
Why does that matter?
"maybe stay more on the facts and less on the made up stuff?"
What is the Torah made up stuff?
"also, maybe use BCE and CE instead of the christian count, makes you look less biased."
How is using BC and AD make you biased? Care to explain that?
About how much was a shekel worth? (and did you mean skekels or shekels?)
Innocent until proven guilty and the upper classes punished more severely! This sounds like a MUCH better system than so many that history has had!
The idea that being lazy or stealing a #%&*ing apple could bring down the same penalty as murder is pretty horrifying! I realize that if someone didn't do their fair share of the harvesting, or whatever, it could have a negative affect (effect?) on the whole community and that if they stole an apple it might have been the only food the person they stole it from had to last several days, but still... !
Can you stop using bc, it is supposed to be referred to as b.c.e. known as Before Common Era. It is how history is supposed to be taught as to separate Christianity from history implying definitive proof of a Christ figure.
I'd be interested in seeing the top 10 oldest laws that are still in use. I'm not referring to laws that have analogs deep in the past, such as laws against murder or stealing, but laws that were written centuries ago (I doubt there are many that have survived millennia outside of religious institutions) and are still on the books and practiced today.
+Jeff T English law would probably throw a wrench into 'oldest laws still in use', actually - The Common Law in theory goes back to before the Magna Carta, but it's all precident and judicial decisions. You could probably cite a decision from 1100AD in an court in the USA - but in nearly all cases you'd be better off citing a more recent decision, even if it was based (tracked back) to the same original decision.
+bowblizz I was referring to the laws that existed long before Europeans came over -- and they did exist, in the many and various cultures that were here in Pre-Colombian America -- Aztec, Inca, Toltec, Maya, Navajo, Cherokee, Zuni, Guayaqil, etc., etc. Some of those, at least, might pre-date post Carolingian laws, and definitely pre-date the Magna Carta.
You do realise that exact pronunciations for many ancient tonges are not precisely known, and likely varied as much as modern language pronunciations do today among individuals, cultures and regions? I know there is a sort of petty arrogance and self-satisfaction associated with correcting it, especially online, but try and keep it under control. Tom-ay-to, tomato!
REALLY? NO LAWS??
Okay, so we’ve been in existence for over 200k years but haven’t had any laws since 4,500 years ago. Tell me what is wrong with this picture?
You have to ask yourself this question...
Do scientist have the timeline wrong or have they completely lost their minds??
It makes no sense whatsoever that humans would be in existence for that long and NOT have any evidence of laws dating anywhere near that long ago.
+Sean McDonald I think he's implying that given the great antiquity of the human race and some evidence of earlier civilizations that collapsed at the end of the last ice age, that there are much older precursors and laws.
geo neo, it may depend on how you define law. Even if there were not clearly stated laws as such, there were probably some actions that would still bring down a penalty of some kind from one's community. Kill someone -- especially someone well-thought-of in the community -- and you could probably count on your neighbors to beat the hell out of you, drive you out of the community or at least look the other way if someone from your victim's family came after you for vengence.
Well the thing is nobody wrote those laws and preserved them so that we can find those laws in the future all of these law codes probably were influenced by existing law codes centuries before and simply copied them it wasn't until agriculture became a thing that we had cities and laws to govern citizens perhaps since cities were trading centres their laws would have been more or less about trade rights mixed with human rights for better trade after all if you don't have to worry about getting robbed killed or sent to prison your going to trade with those cities
The writer of the 10 commandments could not have got these off the Egyptians for a very simple reason - Genesis at least pre-dates 1250BC by a minimum of 50 years. Specifically there is mention of Abraham buying the plot for Sarah's tomb from the Hittites and the deeds to the land being in the east gate of the city. The Hittites were the only people to not store the deeds in the city centre temple and the Hittites were no longer in the area Abraham was residing in 1300BC. It is also proof that the Torah was written way before 600BC because that detail was only re-discovered in modern times and until fairly recently the Hittites were believed to be a myth as all mention of them apart from in the Bible had vanished by about 800BC. It was only some 30,000 Babylonian cruciform texts that detailed trading with the Hittites found in the 20th century that proved the Bible was correct on that point after all.
+Cariss Stewart May had something to do with his founding of an empire. If he's meant to govern over a large group of diverse people, it's seems like a smart move to drop the hammer early to prevent civil unrest from forming.
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