Ancient Mesopotamia, “the land between the rivers” was the world’s first civilization. This region that lay along the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers in modern-day Iraq is also nicknamed the “Fertile Crescent” for its crescent moon shape and cultivable land. This fascinating civilization is where the world’s first city-states and empires began along with advances in irrigation, writing, art, architecture, astronomy, mathematics... even the invention of the wheel!
Hammurabi, King of Babylon between 1792 - 1750 BCE, created the first known written laws called Hammurabi's Code. There were 282 laws written in "If, then" format. If you could create a code of laws, what would you write?
Example from Hammurabi's Code:
My Own Code
"If a man destroys the eye of another man, then they shall destroy his eye. If a man breaks another man's bone, then they shall break his bone."
Annabelle's Code of Laws:
If the children in the family want to get a puppy, then the family has to get a puppy.If the parents don't make dinner on time, then the children get to eat candy for dinner.If a brother is being super annoying to his sister,then the brother has to do all his sister's chores.If someone in the family makes dinner, then they don't have to clean up anything
Example from Mrs. Hicks' Code:
"If a student comes to class without a pencil, then the student has to stay after class and pick up all the pencils left behind."