Julia Burgess_Mesopotamia

The three aspects of Mesopotamia that I have chosen are System of Writing (Cuneiform), Mesopotamian Farming, and Hammurabi's Code.

I chose cuneiform to show how people like us  used to communicate but, if you look as most people in America their letters are more different then how they used to be.

Farming because to show everyone how people in Mesopotamia planted their crops and how they grew their food so they could survive and they planted them beside of rivers so they could have rich fertile soil so crops would grow better and sometimes it could be tough because even if it did help them grow plants sometimes the river would flood causing the plants,houses, and jobs to be destroyed.

Last ,but not lest Hammurabis codes because that's how people had to live.  The villagers lived by Hammurabis rules not their own and if you look around today there are no laws written in stone you just have to hope you remember them because there isn't just a stone post in the middle of America that has every single law on it.

I have included 10 of Hammurabi's 282 Codes, you can view the full site of all 282 codes by following the link below. I hope you all enjoy my presentation of Mesopotamia.


  • 1. If a man has accused another of laying a [death spell?] upon him, but has not proved it, he will be put to death.
  • 2. If a man has accused another of laying a [spell] upon him, but has not proved it, the accused will go to the sacred river, he shall plunge into the sacred river, and if the river shall conquer him, he that accused him shall take possession of his house. If the sacred river shall show his innocence and he is saved, his accuser will be put to death. He that plunged into the sacred river shall appropriate the house of him that accused.
  • 3. If a man has borne false witness in a trial, or has not established the statement that he has made, if that case be a capital trial, that man shall be put to death.
  • 4. If he has borne false witness in a civil law case, he shall pay the damages in that suit.
  • 5. If a judge has given a verdict, rendered a decision, granted a written judgment, and afterward has altered his judgment, that judge shall be prosecuted for altering the judgment he gave and shall pay twelvefold the penalty laid down in that judgment. Further, he shall be publicly expelled from his judgment-seat and shall not return nor take his seat with the judges at a trial.
  • 6. If a man has stolen goods from a temple, or house, he shall be put to death; and he that has received the stolen property from him shall be put to death.
  • 7. If a man has bought or received on deposit from a minor or a slave, either silver, gold, male or female slave, ox, ass, or sheep, or anything else, except by consent of elders, or power of attorney, he shall be put to death for theft.
  • 8. If a patrician has stolen ox, sheep, ass, pig, or ship, whether from a temple, or a house, he shall pay thirtyfold. If he be a plebeian, he shall return tenfold. If the thief cannot pay, he shall be put to death.
  • 9. If a man has lost property and some of it be detected in the possession of another, and the holder has said, "A man sold it to me, I bought it in the presence of witnesses"; and if the claimant has said, "I can bring witnesses who know it to be property lost by me"; then the alleged buyer on his part shall produce the man who sold it to him and the witnesses before whom he bought it; the claimant shall on his part produce the witnesses who know it to be his lost property. The judge shall examine their pleas. The witnesses to the sale and the witnesses who identify the lost property shall state on oath what they know. Such a seller is the thief and shall be put to death. The owner of the lost property shall recover his lost property. The buyer shall recoup himself from the seller's estate.
  • 10. If the alleged buyer on his part has not produced the seller or the witnesses before whom the sale took place, but the owner of the lost property on his part has produced the witnesses who identify it as his, then the [pretended] buyer is the thief; he shall be put to death. The owner of the lost property shall take his lost property.