Babylonian and Assyrian Laws, Contracts, and Letters
Johns, C.H.W. Babylonian and Assyrian Laws, Contracts and Letters. Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1904. xxii, 424 pp. Reprinted 2000 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. LCCN 99-32862. ISBN 1-58477-022-8. Cloth. $80. * Translation of ancient legal sources such as the Code of Hammurabi, laws relating to contracts, marriage, inheritance, slavery, property, sales, land tenure, and more will show the reader the law and the law-courts, the rights of the State, the family and the individual, and property matters as they existed, and their similarity to today's legal system.
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Page 45 - A man sold it to me, I bought it in the presence of witnesses"; and if the claimant has said, "I can bring witnesses who know it to be property lost by me"; then the alleged buyer on his part shall produce the man who sold it to him and the witnesses before whom he bought it; the claimant shall on his part produce the witnesses who know it to be his lost property. The judge shall examine their pleas. The witnesses to the sale and the witnesses who identify the lost property shall state on oath what...
Page 58 - My children!" to the children whom the slave bore him, after the father has gone to his fate, the children of the slave...
Page 55 - ... out, wastes her house and neglects her husband; then that woman shall be thrown into the water. 144. If a man has married a wife and that wife has given to her husband a female slave who has children; then if that man has set his face to marry a concubine, he shall not be permitted; he shall not marry a concubine. 145. If a man has married a wife and she has not presented him with children, and he has set his face to marry a concubine; if that man marries a concubine and brings her into his house,...
Page 55 - ... was no bride-price, he shall give her one mina of silver, as a price of divorce. 140. If he be a plebeian, he shall give her onethird of a mina of silver. 141. If a man's wife, living in her husband's house, has persisted in going out, has acted the fool, has wasted her house, has belittled her husband, he shall prosecute her. If her husband has said, "I divorce her," she shall go her way; he shall give her nothing as her price of divorce.
Page 63 - If a man's slave, the owner of the slave shall give two shekels of silver to the doctor. 224. If a doctor of oxen or asses has treated either ox or ass for a severe wound, and cured it, the owner of the ox or ass shall give to the doctor onesixth of a shekel of silver for his fee.
Page 57 - ... claim to her marriageportion. Her marriage-portion is her children's only. § 163. If a man has married a wife, and she has not borne him children, and that woman has gone to her fate; if his father-in-law has returned to him the bride-price, which that man brought into the house of his fatherin-law, her husband shall have no claim on the marriage-portion of that woman. Her marriage-portion indeed belongs to her father's house. § 164. If the father-in-law has not returned the bride-price, the...
Page 56 - ... her husband [has gone to his fate] her children have no claim. The mother can give what she leaves behind to the children she prefers. To brothers she shall not give. 151. If a woman who dwells in a man's house has bound her husband not to assign her to a creditor, and has received a tablet ; then if that man had a debt upon him before he married that woman, his creditor may not seize his wife. And if that woman had incurred debt before she entered the man's house, her creditor may not seize...
Page 64 - If he has caused the son of the owner of the house to die, one shall put to death the son of that builder. 231. If he has caused the slave of the owner of the house to die, he shall give slave for slave to the owner of the house.