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Assyrian law

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Assyrian law

Assyrian law was very similar to Sumerian and Babylonian law,[1] although the penalties for offenses were generally more brutal and barbaric.[1] The first copy of the code to come to light, dated to the reign of Tiglath-Pileser I, was discovered in the course of excavations by the German Oriental Society (1903–1914). Three Assyrian law collections have been found to date.[1] Punishments such as the cropping of ears and noses was common, as it was in the Code of Hammurabi, which was composed several centuries earlier.[2] Murder was punished by the family being allowed to decide the death penalty for the murderer.[3]


  • See also 1
  • Further reading 2
  • External links 3
  • References 4

See also

Further reading

  • C. H. W. Johns (1904). Babylonian and Assyrian laws, contracts, and letters. Kessinger Publishing. ISBN 1-4179-2213-3

External links

  • The Code of the Assura, circa 1075 BCE (excerpts)
  • The Origin And History Of Hebrew Law


  1. ^ a b c Encarta (2007), s.v. Assyria. Archived 2009-10-31.
  2. ^ Haremhab’s Great Edict
  3. ^ Crime and Punishment in the Ancient World of the Bible - Unexplained
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