Tuesday, August 22, 2017

the logos in the Hammurabi Code

this is one of the oldest codes. it contains 282 laws. the text contains a list of crimes and their various punishments, as well as settlements for common disputes and guidelines for citizens' conduct. The Hammurabi Code does not provide opportunity for explanation or excuses, though it does imply one's right to present evidence. believe it or not, this is one of the earliest examples for the "presumption of innocence."

the idea is that once you see the the slab in open display no one could plead ignorance of the law as an excuse. let's nor forget, also the idea is to immortalize Hammurabi. 

now take a look at the evolution in time of the script for the word "head."

1-7 comprises 2000 years!!