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Why was "leaping into the river" a valid trial outcome to prove one's innocence?

The second law of the Code of Hammurabi states: 2 If any one bring an accusation against a man, and the accused go to the river and leap into the river, if he sink in the river his accuser shall ...
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What were the types of currency used in ancient Mesopotamia?

I noticed there were several types of currency mentioned in the Code of Hammurabi. Shekel, Gur, Gerah, Ka, Mina. When you take into account that some of them could be weight measurements and could be ...
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