hammurabis code

Although Hammurabi often gets credit for the “first” law code, the title should actually go to another, earlier king. An otherwise obscure Sumerian king called Ur-Nammu wrote the first known law code 300 years earlier. Unfortunately for Ur-Nammu’s reputation, much of his code is unreadable, and it has survived only in fragments. Hammurabi’s code is complete. Poor Ur-Nammu remains obscure, while every schoolchild knows the name Hammurabi.

saying the only morally coherent response to someone trying to murder you is to murder them makes it sound like your philosophical education started and ended with hammurabi's code