In the photo above, Hammurabi is depicted standing, receiving his royal insignia from the god Shamash. (Babylonian sun god and god of law and justice) His hand is over his mouth as a sign of prayer. (note the similarity to Moses receiving the Ten Commandments) Hammurabi was the ruler who chiefly established the greatness of Babylon, the world's first metropolis. Many relics of Hammurabi's reign (1795-1750 BC) have been preserved, and today we can study this remarkable King as a wise (supreme) judge in his celebrated code. The small stele (8 feet tall pillar) is in the Louvre, one of the great treasures of the collection. In 1901, Egyptologist Gustave Jéquier, a member of an expedition headed by Jacques de Morgan, found the stele containing the Code of Hammurabi in what is now Kh?zest?n, Iran (ancient Susa, Elam), where it had been taken as plunder by the Elamite king Shutruk-Nahhunte in the 12th century BC. It was clearly meant to be a public monument and it shows some signs of wear although it is in remarkably good condition given its ancient age. The photo below is the first row of text below the carving in the intro picture, the words are separated by lines and read left to right.