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The mystery of the Hanging Garden of Babylon : an elusive world wonder traced

Author: Stephanie Dalley
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2013.
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An exciting story of archaeological detection as well as a vividly written description of a little-known civilization. Dalley, a world expert on ancient Babylonian language, describes how deciphering an ancient Assyrian text-- and comparing it to sculpture in the British Museum-- provided the clues that enabled her to pin down where the Garden was positioned and to describe in detail what it may have looked like.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephanie Dalley
ISBN: 9780199662265 0199662266
OCLC Number: 809032332
Description: xviii, 279 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some col.), maps, plans ; 22 cm.
Contents: Drawing a blank in Babylon --
Classical writers and their testimony --
Three pictures, and Archimedes --
Sennacherib's great invention --
Engineering for water management --
Confusion of names --
The unrivalled palace, the queen, and the garden --
Symbolism and imitators --
Defeat and revival : Nineveh after 612 BC --
Appendix. The section of prism inscription describing the palace and garden.
Responsibility: Stephanie Dalley.

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Where was the Hanging Garden of Babylon and what did it look like ? Why did the ancient Greeks and Romans consider it to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World? Renowned Babylonian expert  Read more...
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This meticulously researched book reveals the truth about a Wonder of the Ancient World, an astonishing creation involving sophisticated hydraulics to create a garden so marvellous that it challenged Read more...

 
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