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Why did Hammurabi have copies of his Code carved into stone and placed at important locations throughout Babylon?

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Every society governed by the rule of law also has the axiom that ignorance of the law is no excuse for breaking it. This is necessarily the case, even when the axiom is not explicitly part of the law, since if ignorance were a valid defence, every prosecution case would have to begin by proving that the defendant was aware of the law he was breaking.

As Babylonian society developed and the empire increased in size, the rule of law became more essential to its peace and prosperity, an importance reflected by the detail in the Code of...

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