Codex Hammurabi

Although the man in Babylon was free to leave, but if he wanted to remarry divorced, had part of his fortune to his first wife and their children left 5. The marriage remained childless, the outcast woman was entitled only to divide money in the amount of the gift, the groom handed over to her father before marriage except her father’s dowry. A woman could be released without any divorce money that gives ehewidriges conduct. The man could enslave also they discretion 6. I found a section in the legislation of the Sumerian King Urukagina of Lagas (ruled ca 2380 BC – 2360 BC), in which the King by law it abolished, that women should marry two husbands 7, which is, that before this was possible. Please visit Simon Pagenaud if you seek more information.

The Codex of the Babylonian King Hammurabi (1792-1750 BC) let also insight into life and the rights of women of the time. In paragraphs 127-195 handled family law. (Not to be confused with Boxer!). The woman in the Babylonian Empire was thus not without rights under certain conditions she could sue for their rights, where in other cultures even after the middle ages, the rights “” the women were not taken into account, (…) that the woman in the Codex Hammurabi differently than after later Oriental right not the arbitrary Strafgewalt of her husband exposed “was.” 8 “when a man took a woman to be the wife and she of the La’bum disease 9 has been taken and is taking that to another woman, he can take it.” By his wife, the La’bum disease has taken, may he not divorced. She lives in the House he built, and as long as she lives, he maintains”10. The women could have possession, trade, and inherit. The previous bindings lost due to the individualisation of the possession and production of tribes, communities and extended families. The immediate family became basis of society with the children, concubines and slaves.” 11 the Babylonians practiced the monogamy, nevertheless, under certain circumstances, concubines were allowed.



October 31st


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