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Girls and young women in West Asia

By |2018-04-25T23:58:00+00:00September 15th, 2017|People, West Asia|

An enslaved woman stands behind a free Elamite woman who is spinning (600s BC) In West Asia, even more than in most other state societies all over the world, men did not allow women to do all the things that men did. People valued women less than men. In Hammurabi's Code, from 1700 BC, there's a lower penalty [...]

Inheritance in West Asia – Mesopotamia and Iran

By |2018-04-25T23:41:43+00:00September 15th, 2017|Economy, West Asia|

Akkadian will (in the Louvre museum, Paris) This is the will of a man named Baal-Karad from Syria, who lived about 1300 BC, in the time of the New Kingdom in Egypt and the Trojan War in Greece. The scribe wrote Baal-Karad's will in cuneiform letters on a clay tablet. Baal-Karad said that when he died all his stuff should be divided [...]

Hammurabi of Babylon – Mesopotamia – West Asian history

By |2018-04-25T23:49:52+00:00September 14th, 2017|History, West Asia|

Code of Hammurabi (1700s BC) About 1700 BC, a new king in Babylon pulled all the scattered cities of Mesopotamia back together into one empire. That's the Babylonian Empire. The king's name was Hammurabi. It's an Amorite name, so Hammurabi probably had Amorite ancestors. This is another episode in a regular West Asian cycle. Empires form under a strong ruler. [...]

Code of Hammurabi project – ancient West Asia

By |2018-04-25T23:41:44+00:00September 14th, 2017|History, West Asia|

Code of Hammurabi (1700s BC) Here are a few of the 282 laws of the Code of Hammurabi. Which of these laws do you think are good laws and why. Which laws would you change? Why? Write an essay, or discuss among your classmates. 3. If any one brings an accusation of any crime [...]