It was written because Hammurabi wanted everyone to be treated fairly. If someone had cutten off someone’s hand, their’s would get cut off. If someone stole, both arms would be cut off. He made everyone fairly treated and if anyone had dissobeyed it, the same would happen to them.
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[EDIT] This is not completely true. Yes, people were treated fairly with the concept of “eye for an eye,” but only if the victim and perpetrator were of the same social class. For example, if one peasant killed another, the first peasant would be killed as well. However, if a noble killed a peasant, he was fined a certain amount of money which was then given to the family as consolation.

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