The law in ancient egypt functioned just as it does in any country today there was a set of agreed upon rules which had been formulated by men who were considered experts in the field a judicial system which weighed evidence of infractions of those rules and police officers who enforced those rules and brought transgressors to justice. Egyptian law the law that originated with the unification of upper and lower egypt under king menes c 2925 bc and grew and developed until the roman occupation of egypt 30 bc the history of egyptian law is longer than that of any other civilization even after the roman occupation elements of egyptian law were retained outside the major urban areas no formal egyptian code of law has been preserved although several pharaohs such as bocchoris c 722 c 715 bc were known as . Egyptian law was based on the central cultural value of maat harmony and balance which was the foundation for the entire civilization maat was established at the beginning of time by the gods when the earth and universe were formed. Law in ancient egypt diderot skalli referred to the existence of an egyptian law written in eight books that were placed next to the judges and diderot mentioned some of these laws including sentencing to death for anyone who commits one of these crimes false testimony failure to provide aid to someone who is exposed to death while he is able to help premeditated murder
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