ISBN : 9780198728849
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.
List of Colour Plates
List of Figures
1: Drawing a Blank in Babylon
2: Classical Writers and their Testimony
3: Three Pictures, and Archimedes
4: Sennacherib's Great Invention
5: Engineering for Water Management
6: Confusion of Names
7: The Unrivalled Palace, the Queen and the Garden
8: Symbolism and Imitators
9: Defeat and Revival: Nineveh after 612 BC
Appendix: The Section of Prism Inscription Describing the Palace and Garden
"This wonderfully readable and meticulously researched book... is as gripping as any thriller, beautifully written and illustrated, with an astonishing conclusion." - Good Book Guide