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Hammurabi is known for having united the regions of Babylonia and Akad-Sumer into a small empire that was comparable in size to the Akkadian Empire that existed a few centuries before him, except not including Babylon. He leads the Babylonians in Sid Meier's Civilization.

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Musical Theme Inspiration: Hammurabi's Code (original composition)


The Babylonians tend to be too perfectionist with their cities to present any real threat in the game. Only if they are left alone on a good-sized island, so they may build a few beautiful and large cities, eventually their scientific advances make them formidable. In the early stages of the game they make pleasant neighbors.

On the Earth map the location that the Babylonians occupy means players from Africa or other parts of Eurasia have to go around them. If you find yourself between the Greeks, Indians/Mongols, Russians, and Egyptians, for example, this can make for a very short game. Also, if you're Babylon and the Egyptians are in the game you won't be able to explore Africa unless you build a naval vessel.

Civilopedia entry[]

"As King of Babylonia, Hammurabi is most noted for his code of laws, one of the earliest known. His empire encompassed the eastern part of the Fertile Crescent, centered on the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. A competent ruler and builder of civilization, his empire was eventually destroyed by raids from Asia Minor."
– Sid Meier's Civilization manual

See also[]

Sid Meier's Civilization Leaders [edit]
Abe LincolnAlexanderCaesarElizabeth IFrederickGenghis KhanHammurabiIeyasuSM. GandhiMao Tse TungMontezumaNapoleonRamessesShakaSStalin
S Availability varies between PC and Super Nintendo versions: Ieyasu on the SNES, and Shaka on the PC.