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Hanging Gardens of Babylon site discovered?

Posted on Tuesday, 26 November, 2013 | Comment icon 14 comments

The location of the gardens has been lost for centuries. Image Credit: Martin Heemskerck

An Oxford University academic believes she has found the precise location of the ancient wonder.

The legendary Hanging Gardens of Babylon were one of the wonders of the ancient world, a paradise of plants and trees built more than 2,000 years ago. Long lost to the mists of time, the exact location of the gardens remains a mystery that has yet to be satisfactorily solved.

Dr Stephanie Dalley however believes that she may have finally found the answer. After more than 20 years of research, Dr Dalley contends that the gardens were not built near the ancient city of Babylon but were instead located almost 1,000 miles to the north near the city of Ninevah in what is now modern day Iraq.

Dr Dalley also believes that the true builders of the gardens were not the Babylonians under their king Nebuchadnezzar as is often believed but instead the Assyrians under their king Sennacherib.

While the exact area she believes the gardens were located in is now too dangerous to visit herself, she was able to direct a film crew with an armed escort to the site so that they could take pictures. What they found was a large mound of dirt sloping down in to a lush green area.

"That’s the best place for it to be. It looks like a good place for a garden," she said. "More research is now required at the site, but sadly I don’t think that will be possible in my lifetime."

Source: Telegraph | Comments (14)

Tags: Hanging Gardens.Babylon

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Comment icon #5 Posted by prometheuscomplex on 26 November, 2013, 18:39
People comment before doing any of their own research. 1.) "Babylon" was a common phrase that meant "Gate of the Gods" and was used PRIOR to the (more) famous city. 2.) King Sennacherib made references to his Garden of Babylon, whereas the Nebuchadnezzar made zero references to a garden. 3.) We get the idea of it being in Babylon because 1 scribe, Josephus, made the claim hundreds of years after the fact, likely due to the name confusion already pointed out. *sigh*
Comment icon #6 Posted by Calibeliever on 26 November, 2013, 22:24
"With no archaeological evidence ever found for them, many have dismissed the gardens as a myth." I am always excited by anything new that can turn established academia on it's ear. I don't care for the author's use of the word "many" in place of something more deive (by 'many' does he mean my Aunt Marge and her book club?), but he does hint at the idea that academia gets an idea in it's head that seems plausible and then cements it in place as fact. Come to think of it, Aunt Marge has quite a bit of common sense and would likely get along famously ... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by born2run on 26 November, 2013, 22:34
Comment icon #8 Posted by OverSword on 27 November, 2013, 0:18
And we probably know much more thousands of years later than Josephus did hundreds.
Comment icon #9 Posted by LimeGelatin on 27 November, 2013, 17:20
"Um, I won't be going to get my own self murdered, but I'll pay you to walk into a war torn area and take footage of a site I want to believe is the location of an ancient treasury, even though the name of the treasury itself should guide you to the actual location where it once was..." -Sounds like someone way to willing to play with other peoples lives for absolutely no good reason at all, but that's just my way of reading it...
Comment icon #10 Posted by homo.liberis on 27 November, 2013, 18:19
"A bit ridiculous don't you think, the hanging gardens of Babylon not being in Babylon?" Almost as ridiculous as Leeds castle not being in Leeds ;)
Comment icon #11 Posted by homo.liberis on 27 November, 2013, 18:21
I watched the doc and while the speculation was backed by good deductive reasoning methinks Channel 4 put this out too early and with a misleading title. Time will tell.
Comment icon #12 Posted by marcos anthony toledo on 28 November, 2013, 17:18
There is confusion that myth and legend is the same as fairy tale, tall tales and fireside stories. When in reality they are distorted truth. As the old saying goes where there smoke there is fire.
Comment icon #13 Posted by cormac mac airt on 28 November, 2013, 17:29
The only confusion is in believing that myths and legends are the same thing. They're not. cormac
Comment icon #14 Posted by prometheuscomplex on 29 November, 2013, 20:46
@OverSword I hope that's not sarcasm. We do know more because 1.) We have archaeology & more access to historical accounts to get a more complete picture. 2.) Being a non-royal scribe during his time period was equivalent to being a gossip recorder.

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