Tag Archives: Achievements

Hammurabi’s Code of Law

27 Oct


We are currently learning about Hammurabi’s Code of Law. Here is some information:

The Code of Hammurabi refers to a set of rules or laws enacted by the Babylonian King Hammurabi (reign 1792-1750 B.C.). The code governed the people living in his fast-growing empire. By the time of Hammurabi’s death, his empire included much of modern-day Iraq, extending up from the Persian (Arabian) Gulf along the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.

The code is best known from a stele made of black diorite, more than seven feet (2.25 meters) tall, that is now in the Louvre Museum in Paris. The stele was found at the site of Susa, in modern-day Iran, by excavators who were led by Jacques de Morgan at the beginning of the 20th century. Scholars believe that it was brought to Susa in the 12th century B.C. by an Elamite ruler who subsequently erased a portion of it in preparation for creating an inscription of his own.- (from Live Science)

Why are laws necessary? What basic ideas about the law did Hammurabi’s Code set up?

Here is an interesting article that a student shared with me last year – 8 Things You May Not Know About Hammurabi’s Code.

Achievements of the Sumerians

14 Oct

This playlist features video clips that review the legacy and achievements of Mesopotamia. They are a good review of things we have learned in class. Essential Questions to consider:

1) What new tools did the Sumerians invent?

2) Why was the invention of cuneiform (writing) an important development?

If you like legos, you might find the first two videos creative and humorous.

Best Inventions/Innovations in History

19 Sep

What were the best inventions or innovations in history? I saw this article on History.com: 11 Innovations That Changed History. I also found this article from The Atlantic magazine, The 50 Greatest Breakthroughs since the Wheel.  Finally, here is one other article from International Business Times: Top Ten Greatest Inventions That Changed The World. Do you agree or disagree? Would you add any others? One of our GRAPES (historical themes) is achievements (A).  Share your opinion and comment.