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Hanging Gardens (of Babylon?)

The Hanging Gardens, famed as one of the world's Seven Wonders, no longer exist. But, in 1993, they were identified as the subject of a West Asian relief in London's British Museum (exhibit No WA124939, displayed in Room 89). Stephanie Dalley argues that the gardens were in Nineva, not Babylon, and they belonged to Sennacherib, not Nebuchadnezzar. The BM relief shows a garden with an aqueduct, a columned pavilion, a royal stella and an alter. Sennacherib's palace was on the south-west section of the hill at Kuyunjic, opposite modern Mosul.

Tom Turner

British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, Greater London, England

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