Code of Hammurabi (Long Version)

(1752 BCE)

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Prologue

… The gods Anu and Enlil … named me by my name: Hammurabi, the pious prince, who venerates the gods, to make justice prevail in the land, to abolish the wicked and the evil, to prevent the strong from oppressing the weak, to rise like the sun-god Shamash over all humankind, to illuminate the land.

I am Hammurabi, the shepherd …

discerning king, obedient to the god Shamash, the mighty one, who establishes the foundations of the city of Sippar, who … made famous the temple of Ebabbar which is akin to the abode of heaven;

the warrior, who shows mercy to the city of Larsa,...

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