Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Hanging Gardens of Babylon Actually Built in Nineveh?

Although well known as one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon have never been definitively located. Dr Stephanie Dalley from Oxford University now suggests a solution--that archaeologists have been looking in the wrong place. Dr. Dalley believes that the Gardens were actually built in Nineveh by Sennacherib who was leader of the Assyrian empire. He bases his conclusion on the lack of references in Babylonian sources, but writings from Sennacherib which included "references to a palace built near the Assyrian capital of Nineveh as well as a garden he called ‘wonder for all people.’ Sennacherib’s grandson Assurbanipal was also said to have drawn an image of the garden on a panel in this palace."

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