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New Thoughts on an Ancient World Wonder

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

(Public Domain)OXFORD, ENGLAND—Stephanie Dalley of Oxford University has concluded after many years of study that the famed Hanging Garden has never been found in Babylon because it was actually constructed by the Assyrian king Sennacherib in Nineveh. Among the textual evidence she cites is the king’s description of his palace and its system of canals, dams, and aqueducts that brought water to Nineveh from 50 miles away. Traces of a giant aqueduct can be seen from the air near the ancient city. Other texts refer to a garden resembling a mountain landscape, complete with terraces, pillared walkways, exotic plants and trees, and streams. She adds that it was the first-century historian Josephus who placed the Hanging Garden in Babylon.