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Were the Hanging Gardens really in Babylon ?

Posted on Monday, 6 May, 2013 | Comment icon 12 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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One of the wonders of the ancient world, the gardens may have not actually been in Babylon at all.

For hundreds of the years the construction of the Hanging Gardens, a lavishly watered paradise, has been attributed to Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylonia. Despite extensive archaeological efforts to locate the site of the gardens however no trace of them has ever been found. A team from Germany spent 19 years excavating the most likely sites only to come up empty. "To their dismay, they could not find any possible location with enough space in the vicinity of the palaces, nor did they dig out any written confirmation from the many texts they unearthed," wrote researcher Stephanie Dalley.

Instead, Dalley believes that the gardens may not have been located in Babylon at all but that they were in fact the creation of the Assyrians who built them more than 300 miles away at Ninevah which is located in today's northern Iraq. Dalley has based these conclusions on new cuneiform inscription translations and evidence of sophisticated aqueducts and canals in the region.

"The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, weren’t in Babylon at all – but were instead located 300 miles to the north in Babylon’s greatest rival Nineveh, according to a leading Oxford-based historian."

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Comment icon #3 Posted by Abramelin on 6 May, 2013, 12:18
I thought there was some conclusive evidence suggesting that the hanging gardens were in fact in Babylon? I must of thought wrong then... I remember having seen a documentary on those Hanging Gardens of Babylon (in Babylon). It was about the technology involved needed to water the gardens.
Comment icon #4 Posted by jill09 on 6 May, 2013, 14:10
i want to go!
Comment icon #5 Posted by Andromedan Starseed 333 on 6 May, 2013, 17:38
maybe they are looking at the wrong places like they did with the lost city of Atlantis?because almost everyone i think believes that that because its named ATLANTIS ITS LOCATED IN THE Atlantic ocean well nothing as ever been found there.i would get into details but that's my point more than likely its somewhere else!
Comment icon #6 Posted by The_Spartan on 6 May, 2013, 18:35
maybe they are looking at the wrong places like they did with the lost city of Atlantis?because almost everyone i think believes that that because its named ATLANTIS ITS LOCATED IN THE Atlantic ocean well nothing as ever been found there.i would get into details but that's my point more than likely its somewhere else! If you do know so much about the location of Atlantis, why don't you give the coordinates to us. (As if you are really going to find the coordinates to a fictitious place, ha!)
Comment icon #7 Posted by paperdyer on 6 May, 2013, 19:40
MAybe the hanging gardens are a myth like Atlantis.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Abramelin on 10 May, 2013, 14:48
I remember having seen a documentary on those Hanging Gardens of Babylon (in Babylon). It was about the technology involved needed to water the gardens. And this is that documentary: It's from years (??) ago, and already they say it is most likely the Hanging Gardens were in Ninevéh. +++ EDIT: It's from 1999. .
Comment icon #9 Posted by third_eye on 10 May, 2013, 14:53
Nebuchadnezzar is still fondly remembered in the Middle East, largely because he captured Jerusalem in 586 BC. But Dr Dalley takes him down a peg, arguing that he did not create a wondrous garden and his reputation as another Alexander was overblown. "After his death legends inflated Nebuchadnezzar's achievements, giving him an undeserved reputation as a world conqueror," she writes. ~added bold mine~ the OT documents was also wrong about this then ?
Comment icon #10 Posted by lightly on 10 May, 2013, 15:21
He was ruler of his local "world" ? 'Iam Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylon, the exalted prince, the wise, the pious, the chief son of Nabopolassar, King of Babylon... To Marduk, my lord, I made supplication: Oh, eternal prince, lord of all being, guide in a straight path the king whom thou lovest... Thou hast created me, entrusting me with dominion over all people.' royal proclamation discovered by archaeologists in the ruins of Babylon. http://www.towards-s...uchadnezzar.htm * no hanging gardens in Babylon ? what next!? no camels in camelot!?*
Comment icon #11 Posted by Abramelin on 10 May, 2013, 15:59
Drawing of a bas-relief from the palace of Sennacherib’s grandson in Nineveh, showing what is now believed to have been the Hanging Gardens. Credit: Stephanie Dalley http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2013/05/06/Academic-Fabled-hanging-garden-existed-but-not-in-Babylon/UPI-68931367884513/ 27. The Northern Palace and the Gardens: What may have lain on the other side of the Arabtu-canal, which here made a bend to the Northwest, and flowed out of the Euphrates somewhat higher up, is uncertain; but in the extreme North of the city was the palace now represented by the ruin called Babil. This was like... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by hammerclaw on 11 May, 2013, 2:26
The "Hanging Gardens of Babylon" were probably it's abandoned ruins, overgrown with vegetation, which gave the place a romantic and picturesque aspect, especially from the point-of-view of river travelers.


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