List of ancient legal codes

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The upper part of the stele of Hammurabi's code of laws.

The legal code was a common feature of the legal systems of the ancient Middle East. The Sumerian Code of Ur-Nammu (c. 2100-2050 BC), then the Babylonian Code of Hammurabi (c. 1760 BC), are amongst the earliest originating in the Fertile Crescent. The Hebrew Written Torah and Oral Torah (c. 1330 BCE) comprise the whole body of Jewish legal code and constitute the earliest and best preserved ethical code at the same time. In the Roman empire, a number of codifications were developed, such as the Twelve Tables of Roman law (first compiled in 450 BC) and the Corpus Juris Civilis of Justinian, also known as the Justinian Code (429 - 534 CE). In ancient China, the first comprehensive criminal code was the Tang Code, created in 624 CE in the Tang Dynasty.

The following is a list of ancient legal codes in alphabetical order:

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  1. ^ Code of Nesilim
  2. ^ Charles F. Horne, Ph.D. (1915). "The Code of Hammurabi : Introduction". Yale University. Retrieved September 14, 2007.