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Ancient Mesopotamia


Read the passage below and answer the question.
"If a man gives his wife a field, garden, and house with a deed – and if then after the death of her husband the sons make no claim – then the wife may bequeath all her assets to the one of her sons whom she prefers, and leave nothing to his brothers.
If a woman does not wish to remain in her husband's house, then he shall compensate her for the dowry that she brought with her from her father's house, and she may go.
A man may take a wife, but she bears him no children, and so he intends to take another wife. If he takes this second wife, and brings her into the house, the second wife shall not be equal to his first wife."
From The Code of Hammurabi
How do the laws in this excerpt compare to gender roles prior to the emergence of civilization?
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