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The Mystery of the Hanging Garden of Babylon: An Elusive World Wonder… (2013 original; edició 2015)

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"Identifies and locates one of the Ancient World wonders -- New description of a very early garden and the technology behind its water supply -- Identifies the early occurrence of the "Water-raising Screw" -- Links Assyrian texts and sculpture to later classical sources and explains legends surrounding the characters of Semiramis and Nebuchadnezzar -- Reassesses specific sculpture in the British Museum." --Publisher.… (més)
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Títol:The Mystery of the Hanging Garden of Babylon: An Elusive World Wonder Traced
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We’ve all read about the HGB but why has it never been found? Perhaps Babylon was never the location for the Hanging Gardens. Nineveh was the location of the HGB for it was in northern Mesopotamia which has more rainfall while Babylon is in southern Mesopotamia which is much dryer with less access to water. It would have been an overwhelming challenge to channel water across long distances to Babylon while Nineveh was much closer to year round water sources. Herodotus, the great traveller and writer, 484-425 BC visited Babylon yet wrote not a word about the HGB. The author states Josephus, Diodorus Siculus, and Q, Curtius Rufus wrote the HGB were created by an Assyrian king while history states the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar created them in Babylon. How could such an error have been made? The confusion between Nineveh and Babylon is a) the habit of naming gates in major cities after the gods such as in Nineveh. Nineveh was referred to as a city of gates to the gods or “Babylon” and b) Babylon itself was already a gate of the gods. The mixing up of the two names is obvious for only Nineveh had a “Garden Gate, and when Sennacherib, the Assyrian king, destroyed Babylon by deliberate inundation, reducing it to bare level ground and Nineveh was damaged by a later, natural flood so Nineveh was repaired as a new “Babylon” while the original Babylon sank into the flood and was lost to history. The author was meticulous in her research and presents a good case for the Hanging Gardens being located in Nineveh. ( )
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