Law of Anastasius I Dicorus
Marble slab inscribed in Greek. This is the law of the Byzantine Emperor Anastasius I Dicorus (reigned 491-518 CE), regulating the passage through Dardanelles customs. Byzantine Period, 6th century CE. From Abydos, Çanakkale, in modern-day...
Hammurabi's Law Code
A diorite stele with an inscription of Hammurabi's code of laws. Susa, Babylonia, 18th century BCE. Cast of the original now in the Louvre, Paris. (Pushkin Museum, Moscow)
Law Code Tablet of King Hammurabi from Nippur
This terracotta tablet is a smaller version of the original Code of Hammurabi to be used in schools and courts. The tablet was found at Nippur (modern Nuffar, Al-Qadisiyah Governorate, Iraq), southern Mesopotamia. Old Babylonian era, 1790...
Moses Recieves the Law
Detail from the west window of Bath Abbey showing Moses receiving the tablets of the Commandments from the hand of God.
Virginia Slave Laws and Development of Colonial American Slavery
Racialized chattel slavery developed in the English colonies of North America between 1640-1660 and was fully institutionalized by 1700. Although slavery was practiced in the New England and Middle colonies, and Massachusetts Bay Colony passed...
Logberg – Althing Meeting Place at Thingvellir, Iceland
The proposed location of the Lögberg (Law Rock) at which Iceland's Althing (General Assembly, founded by the Vikings in 930 CE) would have met until 1262 CE when Iceland was brought under Norwegian rule. It lies in Thingvellir which is now...
The Law Code Stele of King Hammurabi
The Law Code Stele of King Hammurabi, 1792-1750 B.C.E., basalt, 225 x 65 cm (Louvre, Paris). Speakers: Dr. Steven Zucker and Dr. Beth Harris
Ancient Christianity’s Effect on Society & Gender Roles
Christianity began as a sect of Judaism in Judea in the 1st century CE and spread to the cities of the Eastern Roman Empire and beyond. In these cities, non-Jews, Gentiles, wanted to join the movement, and these Gentile-Christians soon outnumbered...
Ancient Egyptian Vizier
The vizier in ancient Egypt was the most powerful position after that of king. Known as the djat, tjat, or tjati in ancient Egyptian, a vizier was the equivalent of the modern-day prime minister of the nation who actually saw to the day-to-day...
Hammurabi and Shamash
Hammurabi (standing), depicted as receiving his royal insignia from Shamash. Hammurabi holds his hands over his mouth as a sign of prayer (relief on the upper part of the stele of Hammurabi's code of laws). Louvre Museum, Paris, France...