Ancient Mesopotamia 3300-331 B.C.E.: Social Class and Economy Research Article from World Eras

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Ammi-saduqa (circa 1646 - circa 1626 B.C.E.) was the tenth ruler of the First Dynasty of Babylon and the great-great-grandson of Hammurabi. The text of his misharum-edict has been reconstructed from several fragmentary copies made by later scribes studying the inscription.

The tablet [that was read out loud to the people] listening, when the king established misharum ("equity," or "justice") for the land:
He (the king) in order to strengthen them and to treat them fairly, dissolved the debts of the farmers, the shepherds, the collectors of animal carcasses, the summer pasturers, and the tenant farmers of the palace. The collections officer may not make a claim against the palace. . . .

(A person) who has loaned silver to an Akkadian or an Amorite [as a loan] for interest or for a melqetu-loan and has executed a tablet (recording the...

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