The Code of Ur-Nammu


by Ancient Recitations
published on 18 July 2016

The Code of Ur-Nammu is the oldest surviving code of laws.

Written in Sumerian in cuneiform and dating from around 2100 BC, what remains of the code of laws gives us an insight into Mesopotamian life around fifty years after the fall of the Akkadian Empire.

Ur-Nammu's code was written in what is now known as the "Sumerian Renaissance" or the Third Dynasty of Ur.

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