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The Babylonians Ruler Hammurabi Created the Code of Hammurabi

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When the Hittites invaded the Babylonians they adopted many of their ways. One of the things the Hittites took from the Babylonians was its laws. The religion of the Babylonians was also adapted into the Hittites culture. The Hittites were also introduced to the literature and clothing that the Babylonians had.

The Babylonians ruler, Hammurabi, created the Code of Hammurabi. It was 282 laws that were written down on tablets by scribes. When the Hittites conquered the Babylonians they used the code of Hammurabi as their law system. Although they used the same laws, they were modified to be more merciful than rigid because they weren't as concerned about maintaining a despotic central authority as the Babylonians were. The Babylonians would give people the death penalty for many things while the Hittites rarely gave a person a sentence of death.

The art of the Babylonians influenced the Hittites art a lot. Examples of their influence on the Hittites are seals the Hittites would carve with hieroglyphics and Babylon words engraved on them. Another reference to the Babylonian effects on the Hittites is the gold and bronze artwork they did. When the Babylonians ruled they used bronze and gold for the finest sculptures and inlays only, but the Hittites used it for a lot of their work.

The cuneiform also was adopted by the Hittites from the Babylonians. The difference between the two is that the Hittites created their own form of hieroglyphics for their sculptures.

The Hittites impacted our culture today many ways. One of those ways is when they created iron resulting in better weaponry. Another result of the Hittites Culture affecting our culture is by their clothing they wore. The men wore long cloaks and the women wore a dress similar to a blouse and knee-long skirt. These dresses are still seen in Turkey and the Middle East.

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