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Excellent synthesis and reinterpretation of age-old mystery,
This review is from: The Mystery of the Hanging Garden of Babylon: An Elusive World Wonder Traced (Hardcover)
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Traditionally, of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the only one supposedly never properly identified has been the Hanging Garden of Babylon. Although considerable evidence has existed to solve the puzzle, different experts have at different times discounted many of them. In this book, the extant evidence is reinterpreted in light of the latest understanding of the history and technological achievements of the Mesopotamians, and a rather convincing case made for the Gardens to be Assyrian, rather than Babylonian. Exactly how this identification has been made is well illustrated, with wide-ranging asides on related topics that serve to illustrate the lives, habits and cultural high-points of the Great Kings. Very well worth the read if you are interested in Assyrian and Babylonian history, and how these cultures have been perceived by outsiders.