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The Mystery of the Hanging Garden of Babylon By Stephanie Dalley (Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Somerville College, University of Oxford)

Summary

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 Stephanie Dalley delves into the legends filled with myth and mystery to piece together the enigmatic history of this elusive world wonder.

The Mystery of the Hanging Garden of Babylon Summary

The Mystery of the Hanging Garden of Babylon: An Elusive World Wonder Traced by Stephanie Dalley (Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Somerville College, University of Oxford)

The Mystery of the Hanging Garden of Babylon is an exciting story of detection involving legends, expert decipherment of ancient texts, and a vivid description of a little-known civilization. Recognized in ancient times as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the legendary Hanging Garden of Babylon and its location have long been steeped in mystery and puzzling myths. In this remarkable volume Stephanie Dalley, a world expert on ancient Babylonian language, exposes new evidence and clarifies all the known material about this enigmatic World Wonder. Placing the Garden within a tradition of royal patronage, Dalley describes how the decipherment of an original text and its link to sculpture in the British Museum has enabled her to pin down where and by which king the Garden was laid out, and to describe in detail what it looked like. Through this dramatic and fascinating reconstruction of the Garden, Dalley also follows its influence on later garden design. Unscrambling layer by layer the many stories that have built up around the Garden, including the parts played by Semiramis and Nebuchadnezzar, Dalley shows why this Garden deserves its place alongside the Pyramids and the Colossus of Rhodes as one of the most astonishing technical achievements of the ancient world.

The Mystery of the Hanging Garden of Babylon Reviews

This wonderfully readable and meticulously researched book... is as gripping as any thriller, beautifully written and illustrated, with an astonishing conclusion. * Good Book Guide *

About Stephanie Dalley (Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Somerville College, University of Oxford)

Stephanie Dalley is an Honorary Research Fellow at Somerville College, Oxford, a Member of Wolfson College, Oxford, and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. With degrees in Assyriology from the Universities of Cambridge and London, her academic career has specialized in the study of ancient cuneiform texts and she has worked on archaeological excavations in Iraq, Turkey, Syria, and Jordan. She has written several books on the myths and culture of ancient Mesopotamia, with special reference to their impact on later civilizations, many of which have been translated into Arabic, Italian, and Japanese. She lives in Oxford with her husband and maintains a large garden.

Table of Contents

DEDICATION; ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS; LIST OF COLOUR PLATES; LIST OF FIGURES; TIME-LINE; GENERAL MAP

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NGR9780198728849
9780198728849
0198728840
The Mystery of the Hanging Garden of Babylon: An Elusive World Wonder Traced by Stephanie Dalley (Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Somerville College, University of Oxford)
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Oxford University Press
2015-02-05
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