Death Punishment and the Styles of its Execution in the Babylonian Laws

Abstract

The Old Babylonian Period (2006-1595 B.C.) is one of the richest periods for legal cuneiform texts, which encouraged researchers to do a lot of research on this aspect. One of such researches is the present one which deals with the death punishment as dictated by the Babylonian law in many items. This punishment had many forms of execution such as the normal killing, burning, hanging or drowning. This punishment was given to such crimes as murder, theft, adultery etc. and it amounted to the level of crime in the eyes of legislators.

Keywords

Think, law, civilization