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Mesopotamia Government

The government in the city-state of Mesopotamia was very important back then. A city-state is an empire and the nations it has conquered and has its own laws and system of government. Mesopotamia consisted of Theocracy, which is when priests rule. At the top level of Mesopotamia's hierarchy was preists, at the lower level was people with less rich lifestyles, and at the bottom was slaves.The Mesopotamian government created laws for the city-state so that it would be more organized. The government managed crimes and punishments. Priests, government officials, and merchants worked for the government.

One of the most important set of laws in ancient Mesopotamia was Hammurabi's Code. He codified over 200 laws for Mesopotamian. This set of laws was written by Hammurabi, the king of Babylonia.
The Laws of Hammurabi are the longest and best organized of the law collections that survive from ancient Mesopotamia.
This is Hammurabi's Code

This is the top of the stone that Hammurabi's Code is on. It represents the sun god Shamash presenting the codes to Hammurabi.

This is the Mesopotamian city-state of Ur.