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Code of Hammurabi
Babylonian law is well documented from the earliest writings through the Hellenistic period — so-called "contracts" exist in the thousands, including deeds, conveyances, bonds, receipts, accounts, and most significantly, actual legal decisions given by judges in the law courts.

Other cultures involved with ancient Mesopotamia shared the same common laws and precedents, extending to the form of contacts in the Bible, down to the sequence of blessings and curses that bind the deal.

The discovery of the Code of Hammurabi has allowed for a more systematic study than could have been possible from just the classification and interpretation of other material. Even in ancient times, the Code was studied, divided into chapters, entitled Ninu ilu sirum from its incipit, and recopied for fifteen hundred years. The greater part of it remained in force, even through the Persian, Greek and Parthian conquests, which had little effect on private life in Babylonia; and it survived to influence Syro-Roman and later Islamic law. The law of Assyria was derived from the Babylonian, but conserved early features long after they had disappeared elsewhere.

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Ishtar gate from Babylon
Nebuchadrezzar II (Akkadian: Nabû-kudurri-uṣur, "Nabu, defend my firstborn son", reigned 605 – 562 BC) was the second king of the Neo-Babylonian Dynasty and its greatest ruler. He was called "Nebuchadrezzar, the Great" in ancient times, but his destruction of temples in Jerusalem caused his vilification in the Bible.

He was a successful military leader before ascending the throne, defeating the Egyptians in the Battle of Carchemish. After his father Nabopolassar died and he became king, he defeated the Cimmerians and Scythians in Anatolia and continued campaigning in the Levant, including the capturing Jerusalem, destroying both city and temple and deporting a large portion of the population to Babylon. He then started a 13-year siege of Tyre, ending with Tyre's accepting Babylonian authority.

When he wasn't waging war, he continued he father's work of restoring Babylon, which had been devastated through years of Assyrian rule and more recent rebellions. He made Babylon one of the wonders of the world, with projects like the Ishtar Gate and the hanging gardens of Babylon.

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Goddess and Child
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Goddess and Child
Hittite, mid 2nd millennium BC (Metropolitan Museum)

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Nabonidus Cylinder
...that the Hurrian language and the Urartian language are proposed to be distantly related to the modern Armenian language?

...that the Aramaic language, the lingua franca of the ancient Near East in Biblical times is still spoken as a first language today?

...that the syllabic cuneiform script was adapted to create a phonetic alphabet twice, for the Ugaritic language and for the Old Persian language?

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