Who is this Harper, and why is he laying?

Okay, that's kind of a bad joke. The reason I used it was because when I happened across this title the first time, it was under the title "The Lay of the Harper." However, it can also be found as "The Song of the Harper" As can be seen in this set of translations from …

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Ur-Nammu and the World’s Oldest Known Code of Laws

I took a bit of a break last week, but I'm back today, with a look at the Code of Ur-Nammu, which is believed to be the oldest known law-code in the world. As such, it supplies a list of crimes someone could be charged for as well as potential punishments. Those could be as …

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