The Garden Guide

Book: History of Garden Design and Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 1: Gardening in the Ancient World

Royal Gardens

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17. An elevated situation seems in these countries to have been an essential requisite to a royal garden; probably because the air in such regions is more cool and salubrious, �the security from hostile attack of any sort more certain, � and the prospect always sublime. �When Semiramis came to Chanon, a city of Media,� observes Diodorus Siculus (lib. ii. cap. 13.), �she discovered, on an elevated plain, a rock of stupendous height, and of considerable extent. Here she formed another paradise, exceedingly large, enclosing a rock in the midst of it, on which she erected sumptuous buildings for pleasure, commanding a view both of the plantations and the encampment.�