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Excellent research, though probably not for the layman.,
This review is from: The Mystery of the Hanging Garden of Babylon: An Elusive World Wonder Traced (Hardcover)
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Of all the traditional "Seven Wonders", the Hanging Gardens of Babylon have always been the most elusive. Some historians have even gone so far as to suggest they were purely mythical. No archaeological evidence for them has ever been discovered, and on a practical level the location and climate of the area would make gardens such as these an almost impossible undertaking (but then, so were the pyramids at Giza). This book, from an expert in Babylon and Assyria, is a quest to find the true location of the Hanging Gardens - and very convincing it is, too. Other reviewers have outlined the main theory in her book (spoilers?), but all I will say is that I am completely convinced by her arguments and conclusions. Perhaps we should now look to re-name the Hanging Gardens.
The book is fascinating for anyone with a serious interest in the pre-classical and classical history of the Near East, but the laymen may struggle with the large number if unusual Babylonian and Assyrian names which would not be very familiar to most people (for example, how many people have heard of Nineveh, one of the greatest cities of the ancient world?). There is also a lot of detailed discussion of cuneiform inscriptions and their translations (or mis-translations). For scholars of ancient history, though, this is an excellent book.