By John P. McKay, Bennett D. Hill, John Buckler
College-level textbook at the heritage of Western society to the Enlightenment (Volume 1 of two)
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Because the farming community was better fed than ever before, it was also more resistant to diseases that kill people suf fering from malnutrition. Thus Neolithic farmers were healthier and longer-lived than their predeces sors. All these factors explain the growth of towns like Jericho and Jarmo. Agricultural surplus also made possible the divi sion oflabor. It freed some members of the com munity from the necessity of raising food. Artisans and craftsmen devoted their attention to making the new stone tools farming demanded—hoes and sickles for fieldwork and mortars and pestles for grinding the grain.
A boatbuildcr who did sloppy work had to repair the boat at his own expense. A boatman who lost the owner's boat or sank some one else's boat replaced it and its cargo. House- builders guaranteed their work with their lives. Careless work could result in the collapse of a house and the death of its inhabitants. If that hap pened, the builder was put to death. A merchant who tried to increase the interest rate on a loan for feited the entire amount. Hammurabi's laws tried to ensure that consumers got what they paid for and paid a just price.