Assyrian law

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Assyrian law was very similar to Sumerian and Babylonian law,[1] although the penalties for offenses were generally more brutal.[1] The first copy of the code to come to light, dated to the reign of Tiglath-Pileser I, was discovered in the course of excavations by the German Oriental Society (1903–1914).[citation needed] Three Assyrian law collections have been found to date.[1] Punishments such as the cropping of ears and noses was common, as it was in the Code of Hammurabi, which was composed several centuries earlier.[2] Murder was punished by the family being allowed to decide the death penalty for the murderer.[3]

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  • M. Roth, Law Collections from Mesopotamia and Asia Minor, Atlanta, 1997, p. 153-194

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