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Law Collections


Law collections, sometimes referred to as law codes, are collections of legal provisions attested in both Sumerian and Akkadian. The earliest complete law collection is that of Hammurabi, which is recorded on a monumental inscription and clay tablets, although earlier, more fragmentary collections are attested. While the relationship between these collections and everyday legal practice is still debated, their place in the scholarly tradition is not. They conform to the general form and structure of other scholarly texts, which employ the casuistic formula, and rely on methods of expansion and scribal imagination typical of other genres of scholarship and science.

Structure of Law Collections

Sumerian Law Collections

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Akkadian Law Collections

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