according to ancient historians
was an Ancient Garden
created as an act of love
by a King for his beloved Queen
a Botanical Gardens
it became one of the
7 Wonders of the World
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Hanging Gardens of Babylon : Unknown Artist
Before we take a critical look at the enigmatic details of this Mystery
and the problematic nature of it's accounts
Let us first immerse ourselves in the Beauty of this most ancient Love Tale at face value
Now in this palace he erected very high walks, supported by stone pillars, and by planting what was called a Pensile Paradise, and replenishing it with all sorts of trees, he rendered the prospect an exact resemblance of a mountainous country. This he did to please his queen, because she had been brought up in Media, and was fond of a mountainous situation.
- Josephus : Contra Apionem
The Legend of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon
King Nebuchadnezzar II ruler of the neo-Babylonian empire
took Amytis of Royal Median blood to be his wife.
Nebuchadnezzar beheld his wife Amytis sad
and longing for her mountainous home land and its lush vegetation.
The wise King knew that a mere bouquet of roses was not enough to bring his lover Joy and show his love for her,
so he set his will to a great act of love,
in a grand romantic gesture
the King instructed his nations builders to erect a great garden.
Having the wealth of an Empire no expense was spared...
Indeed some ancient writers describe Babylon with mighty tall walls, wide enough that four chariots could ride atop,
And tell of a mountain like Garden,
a Pensile Paradeisos,
Upon receiving this gift Amytis felt the love of her husband
and found tranquility in the serenity of the Garden,
and took pleasure in the man made paradise.
Perhaps the Hanging Gardens where built on a step pyramid like Ziggurat of arched vault supported terraces of lush plants,
which cascaded down the sides,
along with water flowing down the steppes.
Which it is said, was drawn up out of sight.
This Grand Botanical Gardens with it's beatiful cascades of vegetation
became known as
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
This magnificet pairidaeza became so famous in the ancient world
that it was listed as one of
The 7 Wonders of the World.
Romanticized & Embellished with Poetic License - Sol Falcone : Founder & Director Nu Hanging Gardens of Babylon
I have set eyes on the wall of lofty Babylon on which is a road for chariots, and the statue of Zeus by the Alpheius,
and the Hanging Gardens,
and the colossus of the Sun, and the huge labour of the high pyramids, and the vast tomb of Mausolus ;
but when I saw the house of Artemis that mounted to the clouds, those other marvels * lost their brilliancy,
and I said, " Lo, apart from Olympus, the Sun never looked on anything so grand."
- Antipater of Sidon (or Thessalonica)
The Hanging Gardens
are called one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
The garden is quadrangular in shape, and each side is four plethra in length.
It consists of arched vaults, which are situated, one after another,
on checkered, cube-like foundations.
The checkered foundations, which are hollowed out,
are covered so deep with earth that they admit of the largest of trees,
having been constructed of baked brick and asphalt
— the foundations themselves and the vaults and the arches.
The ascent to the uppermost terrace-roofs is made by a stairway;
and alongside these stairs there were screws,
through which the water was continually conducted up into the garden from the Euphrates
by those appointed for this purpose.
For the river, a stadium in width, flows through the middle of the city;
and the garden is on the bank of the river.
No confirmed ruins have been uncovered,
no substantial evidence of the ancient Hanging Gardens of Babylon
has been verified by the archaeological community,
And historical records are conflicting regarding it.
However it was regarded as one of the 7 Wonders of the world.
It is indeed a Great Mystery of which not only the alleged ruins
but even the actuality thereof is itself
Lost to the Sands of Time
All we have are records from ancient historians
which tell of the existence of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon
However these records are a complicated matter to sort through.
Many of the older accounts of the HG only survive as fragments,
which where quoted by later historians. It is also unclear if any of the documents which have survived throughout history are first hand accounts of those who actually saw the HG,
let alone visited the HG when it is existed as a Botanical Gardens.
Furthermore the intact and thourough documents of the actual Babylonians make no mention of the Hanging Gardens.
Even the records of the King who allegedly commissioned it,
makes no specific mention of the Hanging Gardens in the list of monuments.
If the Hanging Gardens of Babylon did exist,
perhaps some more reliable documents where lost forever
with destrucion of the Library of Alexandria ¹ and it's documents.
¹ The Library of Alexandria allegedly Burned Down, it is also possible that something else happened to it,
and it's documents, including the possible subsequent destruction of the Royal Library, the Daughter library of the Musaeum
[at the Temple of the Muses the original Museum], and the Royal Library, along with the Serapeum (Temple of Serapis at Alexandria).
Attrocities ordered by heinous the monotheist zealots ² : Emperor Theodosius I & Bishop Theophilus, and Caliph OmarStrabo.
² In contrast with other wise & tolerant monotheist leaders
Due to lack of conclusive evidence : At this time ;
we cannot be certain if the HG ever existed,
let alone where it would have been located,
or who would have commissioned it.
If it did exist than perhaps it will be discovered in the future.
However Mesopotamia has also been at war since the dawn of time,
and there are many theories and speculations
about the location, creator, and destruction of the HG
including wars and natural disasters destroying it.
This Mythos is Beautiful Facade, however behind the mask,
is a great Mystery, the truth behind this tale is most elusive..... Come and see.....
As I present the findings of my inquiry and analysis of this Mystery.
The Mystery of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon
- Sol Falcone