Code of Laws - 350 Beaker
Code of Laws (Civ4)

A technology introduced in Vanilla
Required techs Writing & (Priesthood or Currency)
Leads to Civil Service
Constitution (with Nationalism)
Philosophy (with Meditation)
Units enabled None
Buildings enabled Courthouse
Chichen Itza
Era Classical

"To bring about the rule of righteousness in the land so that the strong shall not harm the weak."
-Hammurabi's Code, Prologue


The first civilization to research Code of Laws founds Confucianism. It enables the Caste System civic and allows construction of Courthouses and the Chichen Itza wonder.

Civilopedia EntryEdit

The earliest tribal civilizations were bonded together by mutual needs and beliefs. A tribal chieftain, who acted as an advisor and enforcer of the will of the gods, ruled these groups. No formal laws existed in these early cultures, but fear of the gods and a sense of tribal customs and morality kept order in the tribe. As societies became larger and more diverse, the need arose for established rules of conduct. The earliest known codes of laws existed in Babylon, India, and Palestine. The Twelve Tables of Rome, written in 500 BC, and its successors such as the Justinian Code, were the first codes of law to distinguish between public law, which involves the state, and private law, which concerns disputes between citizens. Roman law was the first formalized written system of laws, and went on to influence many of the legal systems of the modern world.