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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Way Back Wednesday

Today I'll be looking at: Hammurabi Stele

 Material - Polished Black Diorite Pillar
Old Babylonian
Approx Date: 1790 BC
Height: 2.26 m (88.976378 inches)
Width: 2 feet
Depth: 1.5 feet
Text: Cuneiform
Babylon, Iraq
Excavated in ancient Susa (Shushan) by French Archaeologists 1901-1902
Location: Louvre Museum, France

 Detail of the top of the Hammurabi Stele:
Picturing King Hammurabi coming before the god Shamash

Did you know?

Hammurabi was the sixth king of Babylon and ruled from 1792 BC to 1750 BC. But what is most fascinating was his laws - Hammurabi's Law Codes. It was the first written codes of law in recorded history.

I wrote a few exams about these law codes and they are fascinating!!

Hope you enjoyed my Way Back Wednesday!

* All photo's taken by me at the Archeology Museum in Iran 2009 - This is a replica.


  1. There are so many artefacts in the louvre that I can't remember seeing this stele. I will look for it when I next visit.
    Very interesting.
    Kind regards, DeeBee

  2. Take some pics when you visit next :)