The Code of
Laws 151 - 200
151. If a woman who lived
in a man's house made an agreement with her husband, that no creditor
can arrest her, and has given a document therefor: if that man, before
he married that woman, had a debt, the creditor can not hold the woman
for it. But if the woman, before she entered the man's house, had contracted
a debt, her creditor can not arrest her husband therefor.
152. If after the woman had
entered the man's house, both contracted a debt, both must pay the merchant.
153. If the wife of one man
on account of another man has their mates (her husband and the other man's
wife) murdered, both of them shall be impaled.
154. If a man be guilty of
incest with his daughter, he shall be driven from the place (exiled).
155. If a man betroth a girl
to his son, and his son have intercourse with her, but he (the father)
afterward defile her, and be surprised, then he shall be bound and cast
into the water (drowned).
156. If a man betroth a girl
to his son, but his son has not known her, and if then he defile her,
he shall pay her half a gold mina, and compensate her for all that she
brought out of her father's house. She may marry the man of her heart.
157. If any one be guilty
of incest with his mother after his father, both shall be burned.
158. If any one be surprised
after his father with his chief wife, who has borne children, he shall
be driven out of his father's house.
159. If any one, who has
brought chattels into his father-in-law's house, and has paid the purchase-money,
looks for another wife, and says to his father-in-law: "I do not
want your daughter," the girl's father may keep all that he had brought.
160. If a man bring chattels
into the house of his father-in-law, and pay the "purchase price"
(for his wife): if then the father of the girl say: "I will not give
you my daughter," he shall give him back all that he brought with
161. If a man bring chattels
into his father-in-law's house and pay the "purchase price,"
if then his friend slander him, and his father-in-law say to the young
husband: "You shall not marry my daughter," the he shall give
back to him undiminished all that he had brought with him; but his wife
shall not be married to the friend.
162. If a man marry a woman,
and she bear sons to him; if then this woman die, then shall her father
have no claim on her dowry; this belongs to her sons.
163. If a man marry a woman
and she bear him no sons; if then this woman die, if the "purchase
price" which he had paid into the house of his father-in-law is repaid
to him, her husband shall have no claim upon the dowry of this woman;
it belongs to her father' house.
164. If his father-in-law
do not pay back to him the amount of the "purchase price" he
may subtract the amount of the "Purchase price" from the dowry,
and then pay the remainder to her father's house.
165. If a man give to one
of his sons whom he prefers a field, garden, and house, and a deed therefor:
if later the father die, and the brothers divide the estate, then they
shall first give him the present of his father, and he shall accept it;
and the rest of the paternal property shall they divide.
166. If a man take wives
for his son, but take no wife for his minor son, and if then he die: if
the sons divide the estate, they shall set aside besides his portion the
money for the "purchase price" for the minor brother who had
taken no wife as yet, and secure a wife for him.
167. If a man marry a wife
and she bear him children: if this wife die and he then take another wife
and she bear him children: if then the father die the sons must not partition
the estate according to the mothers, they shall divide the dowries of
their mothers only in this way; the paternal estate they shall divide
equally with one another.
168. If a man wish to put
his son out of his house, and declare before the judge: "I want to
put my son out," then the judge shall examine into his reasons. If
the son be guilty of no great fault, for which he can be rightfully put
out, the father shall not put him out.
169. If he be guilty of a
grave fault, which should rightfully deprive him of the filial relationship,
the father shall forgive him the first time; but if he be guilty of a
grave fault a second time the father may deprive his son of all filial
170. If his wife bear sons
to a man, or his maid-servant have borne sons, and the father while still
living says to the children whom his maid-servant has borne: "My
sons," and he count them with the sons of his wife; if then the father
die, then the sons of the wife and of the maid-servant shall divide the
paternal property in common. The son of the wife is to partition and choose.
171. If, however, the father
while still living did not say to the sons of the maid-servant: "My
sons," and then the father dies, then the sons of the maid-servant
shall not share with the sons of the wife, but the freedom of the maid
and her sons shall be granted. The sons of the wife shall have no right
to enslave the sons of the maid; the wife shall take her dowry (from her
father), and the gift that her husband gave her and deeded to her (separate
from dowry, or the purchase-money paid her father), and live in the home
of her husband: so long as she lives she shall use it, it shall not be
sold for money. Whatever she leaves shall belong to her children.
172. If her husband made
her no gift, she shall be compensated for her gift, and she shall receive
a portion from the estate of her husband, equal to that of one child.
If her sons oppress her, to force her out of the house, the judge shall
examine into the matter, and if the sons are at fault the woman shall
not leave her husband's house. If the woman desire to leave the house,
she must leave to her sons the gift which her husband gave her, but she
may take the dowry of her father's house. Then she may marry the man of
173. If this woman bear sons
to her second husband, in the place to which she went, and then die, her
earlier and later sons shall divide the dowry between them.
174. If she bear no sons
to her second husband, the sons of her first husband shall have the dowry.
175. If a State slave or
the slave of a freed man marry the daughter of a free man, and children
are born, the master of the slave shall have no right to enslave the children
of the free.
176. If, however, a State
slave or the slave of a freed man marry a man's daughter, and after he
marries her she bring a dowry from a father's house, if then they both
enjoy it and found a household, and accumulate means, if then the slave
die, then she who was free born may take her dowry, and all that her husband
and she had earned; she shall divide them into two parts, one-half the
master for the slave shall take, and the other half shall the free-born
woman take for her children. If the free-born woman had no gift she shall
take all that her husband and she had earned and divide it into two parts;
and the master of the slave shall take one-half and she shall take the
other for her children.
177. If a widow, whose children
are not grown, wishes to enter another house (remarry), she shall not
enter it without the knowledge of the judge. If she enter another
house the judge shall examine the state of the house of her first husband.
Then the house of her first husband shall be entrusted to the second husband
and the woman herself as managers. And a record must be made thereof.
She shall keep the house in order, bring up the children, and not sell
the house-hold utensils. He who buys the utensils of the children of a
widow shall lose his money, and the goods shall return to their owners.
178. If a "devoted woman"
or a prostitute to whom her father has given a dowry and a deed therefor,
but if in this deed it is not stated that she may bequeath it as she pleases,
and has not explicitly stated that she has the right of disposal; if then
her father die, then her brothers shall hold her field and garden, and
give her corn, oil, and milk according to her portion, and satisfy her.
If her brothers do not give her corn, oil, and milk according to her share,
then her field and garden shall support her. She shall have the usufruct
of field and garden and all that her father gave her so long as she lives,
but she can not sell or assign it to others. Her position of inheritance
belongs to her brothers.
179. If a "sister of
a god," or a prostitute, receive a gift from her father, and a deed
in which it has been explicitly stated that she may dispose of it as she
pleases, and give her complete disposition thereof: if then her father
die, then she may leave her property to whomsoever she pleases. Her brothers
can raise no claim thereto.
180. If a father give a present
to his daughter -- either marriageable or a prostitute (unmarriageable)
-- and then die, then she is to receive a portion as a child from the
paternal estate, and enjoy its usufruct so long as she lives. Her estate
belongs to her brothers.
181. If a father devote a
temple-maid or temple-virgin to God and give her no present: if then the
father die, she shall receive the third of a child's portion from the
inheritance of her father's house, and enjoy its usufruct so long as she
lives. Her estate belongs to her brothers.
182. If a father devote his
daughter as a wife of Mardi of Babylon (as in 181), and give her no present,
nor a deed; if then her father die, then shall she receive one-third of
her portion as a child of her father's house from her brothers, but Marduk
may leave her estate to whomsoever she wishes.
183. If a man give his daughter
by a concubine a dowry, and a husband, and a deed; if then her father
die, she shall receive no portion from the paternal estate.
184. If a man do not give
a dowry to his daughter by a concubine, and no husband; if then her father
die, her brother shall give her a dowry according to her father's wealth
and secure a husband for her.
185. If a man adopt a child
and to his name as son, and rear him, this grown son can not be demanded
186. If a man adopt a son,
and if after he has taken him he injure his foster father and mother,
then this adopted son shall return to his father's house.
187. The son of a paramour in the
palace service, or of a prostitute, can not be demanded back.
188. If an artisan has undertaken
to rear a child and teaches him his craft, he can not be demanded back.
189. If he has not taught
him his craft, this adopted son may return to his father's house.
190. If a man does not maintain
a child that he has adopted as a son and reared with his other children,
then his adopted son may return to his father's house.
191. If a man, who had adopted
a son and reared him, founded a household, and had children, wish to put
this adopted son out, then this son shall not simply go his way. His adoptive
father shall give him of his wealth one-third of a child's portion, and
then he may go. He shall not give him of the field, garden, and house.
192. If a son of a paramour
or a prostitute say to his adoptive father or mother: "You are not
my father, or my mother," his tongue shall be cut off.
193. If the son of a paramour
or a prostitute desire his father's house, and desert his adoptive father
and adoptive mother, and goes to his father's house, then shall his eye
be put out.
194. If a man give his child
to a nurse and the child die in her hands, but the nurse unbeknown to
the father and mother nurse another child, then they shall convict her
of having nursed another child without the knowledge of the father and
mother and her breasts shall be cut off.
195. If a son strike his
father, his hands shall be hewn off.
196. If a man put out the
eye of another man, his eye shall be put out.
197. If he break another
man's bone, his bone shall be broken.
198. If he put out the eye
of a freed man, or break the bone of a freed man, he shall pay one gold
199. If he put out the eye
of a man's slave, or break the bone of a man's slave, he shall pay one-half
of its value.
200. If a man knock out the
teeth of his equal, his teeth shall be knocked out.