Tamika Seabolt

Mesopotamia Government

Mesopotamia was the first to have written laws. Hammurabi's code took place in the 18th century, the laws were etched seven-and-a-half-foot diorite pillar. The laws covered everything from property rights and criminal behavior to slavery and divorce, and promised brutal punishments for all who disobeyed. Hammurabi’s Code is one of the most famous examples of the ancient precept of “lex talionis,” or law of retribution, a form of retaliatory justice commonly associated with the saying “an eye for an eye.”