Influential Leaders of the World: Hammurabi
From the beginning of time there have been many strong leaders across the globe that have left their everlasting mark in history. Some leaders were stronger than most but, Hammurabi, the sixth emperor of the Babylonian empire, had more of an influence on the world. During his forty-two-year reign Hammurabi had a great impact on the some of the first civilizations. The many accomplishments and ideas of Hammurabi have proven him to be one of the most influential people of his time and many generations after. His establishments in the justice system, military victories, and many productive building projects have placed him as the world’s greatest leader.
The code of Hammurabi was one of the most important law codes of all time. His law code was the first set of laws that were actually written down and was the basis for establishing laws in later situations (Adas, pg. 18).
The laws gave the people of Babylon a set of rules to live by and let them know that there would be consequences for their actions. These laws also helped protect a citizen’s right to property and slave ownership. While protecting the rights of his people, the code also established a sort of primitive judgment system that allowed his citizens to go to trial for any accusation that has been called upon them, rather cruelly punished for it. This was something that had new idea that everyone got an equal chance of trial under the law and it influenced many civilizations to come and became the example of how state laws should be approached. Not only did it protect the right to trial, it also made sure that judges gave out the right consequences and used the correctly put the person through trial (Adas, pg. 19).These certain laws state that a judge would be punished for placing a suspect on the wrong consequence for the law. Even though his law code was very biased and had many cruel and unusual punishments they gave his people a slight sense of equality under the law which they had never been given before. His establishment of a justice system happens to be one of well-known accomplishments that have inspired the law systems of people many civilizations after Babylon collapsed.
HAmmurabi s code The Code of Hammurabi is a series of 282 laws decreed by Hammurabi, the ruler of the city of Babylon at about 1750 BC. It was written so that people would have a consistent set of rules to follow in settling disputes and imposing penalties. The code regulated economic, social and moral life. Hammurabi s code of laws provided people with a orderly system of government. The Code of ...
Not only did Hammurabi make much advancement in the judgment system, he was also a great military leader and acquired many conquests. During his reign he was able to unite all of Mesopotamia under on empire controlled under his rule. (Adas, pg. 18) His ability to unify all of the independent city-states into an entire kingdom showed that he had a great source of power and that he truly deserved his title as emperor. Other military conquests of his included the territories of Assyria, Syria, Sumer, and many other area(Gill).
To gain those territories he would use the tactic of creating alliances with other surrounding nations to invade them. (Brondou).
These tactics proved him to be an intelligent and one of the most organized military leaders of this era. Strong strategies like his time were probably very hard to find during his time because most of the civilizations around Babylon had very unorganized attacks (Adas, pg.19).
Another military accomplishment made by Hammurabi was his conquering of the Mari kingdom which left him in control of the trade routes making him “the leading power in Asia” (Brondou).
This conquest helped boost the economy of Babylon and brought his influence across Asia. Though some people would be quick to suggest that Hammurabi was an evil fiend because of his involvement in war, but his conquests helped unite many people and helped the economy flourish. Many leaders today would invest in the art of war the same way Hammurabi had done. Without his conquered territories Babylon’s influence on the world around them may not have been as strong.
King Hammurabi of Babylon Within the course of this research, we will elaborate on one of the most important leaders in the worlds history King Hammurabi of Babylon and his impact on our civilization. The major influence discussed here will be Hammurabis Code of laws, which had its effect on civilization at large and our contemporary code of laws in particular. To discuss this issue, we should ...
Hammurabi also involved himself in the many building projects needed in Babylon. He collected tributes and taxes that would help pay to rebuild destroyed religious temples and public buildings (Kreis).
He would also instruct the building of roads and canals that were needed for travel (Brondou).
These building projects required many working which it can be assumed that opened many job opportunities the poor. The roads and canals also made it much easier to travel and trade with outside nations. With these great reforms his system had going they almost completely rebuilt Babylon and mad many new engineering advancements such as the gird- system of road building(Brondou).
These advancements made road work much simpler and influenced other nation’s methods of building roads Hammurabi also built irrigation systems and dikes that helped kept the flooding of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers at bay (Gill).
The irrigation systems also promoted agriculture in Babylon and also contributed to their stable economy. Though his not widely known for his building projects they contributed a small amount to his influence on the Babylonian people.
Out of several influential world leaders, Hammurabi has greater chance of being the most influential leader of all time. His ancient law code was the basis for many civilizations to come and helped them establish their own similar justice system. The unifying of several city-states in Mesopotamia helped him rule over many people that helped further spread his influence. Although many of his achievements are deeply flawed such as his law code, he still had a great impact on the people of his nation and of the world surrounding him after he became the world’s leading power in Asia.
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