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    DescriptionThe 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. Recognised in ancient times as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the legendary Hanging Garden of Babylon and its location still remains a mystery steeped in shadow and puzzling myths. In this remarkable volume Stephanie Dalley, a world expert on ancient Babylonian language, gathers for the first time all the material on this enigmatic World Wonder. Tracing the history of the Garden, 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 the Garden was positioned and to describe in detail what it may have looked like. Through this dramatic and fascinating reconstruction of the Garden, Dalley is also able to follow its influence on later garden design. Like a palimpsest, Dalley unscrambles the many legends that have built up around the Garden, including the parts played by Semiramis and Nebuchadnezzar, and following the evolution of its design, she 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.


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    Title
    The Mystery of the Hanging Garden of Babylon
    Subtitle
    An Elusive World Wonder Traced
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Stephanie Dalley
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 136 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 500 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780199662265
    ISBN 10: 0199662266
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.5
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3D
    BIC subject category V2: HBJF1, HDD
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET135
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MIDEST
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    BISAC V2.8: HIS026000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 07
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 52
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAB
    BIC subject category V2: 3D
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    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAB
    DC23: 935.5
    DC22: 935.5
    BIC subject category V2: HDDC
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: DS70.5.B3 D34 2013
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: NHTB, NHC, NHG, NKD
    Illustrations note
    90 black and white in-text illustrations and 8 colour plates
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    01 August 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    This meticulously researched book reveals the truth about a Wonder of the Ancient World, an astonishing creation involving sophisticated hydraulics to create a garden so marvellous that it challenged God. Times Higher Education. A gripping detective story, wonderfully written and illustrated, with an astonishing conclusion. Unmissable. The Tablet An enjoyable read throughout. BBC History magazine [L]earned and never less than gripping ... when the inadequacies of a received tradition are as glaring as they clearly are in the case of the Hanging Garden, it is a cause for celebration that there are scholars of the calibre of Stephanie Dalley to propose a convincing alternative. Tom Holland, Literary Review This fascinating book reads more like a detective story than a scholarly account of an ancient civilization ... Ms Dalley makes a brilliant and convincing argument. Land & Business [B]old, clear and immensely interesting... Every good summer needs a controversy and Dalley's high-class book and sheer likeability have now given us an excellent one. Robin Lane Fox, Financial Times [Dalley] makes a compelling case. Scholars will doubtless find matter for debate, but her central argument rings true. Nick Rennison, The Sunday Times {Culture} Deeply researched and rigorously argued - and certain to raise both hopes and objections. Kirkus Reviews This scholarly work is full of absorbing details. Penelope Hobhouse, The Garden Dalley's obvious passion for the book shines through in the book, as does a wealth of knowledge and her commitment to provide the evidence to prove her case The writing is fluid and interesting, suiting specialist and non-specialist alike ... I whole-heartedly recommend this book. Stephen Harmer, Garden Design Journal [A] brilliant piece of detective work Well-written and thought-provoking, and certainly for the general reader. Richard Mawrey, Historic Gardens Review The location of this leafy Seventh Wonder has long been disputed; Dr Dalley presents meticulous, fascinating evidence for its siting in Assyria. History books will be rewritten. Oxford Today Even the greatest skeptic will learn a lot about ancient Assyria and Babylonia, and much more ... Highly recommended. M. Van De Mireoop, CHOICE
    Table of contents
    DEDICATION ; FRONTISPIECE ; ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS ; LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS, PLATES AND MAPS ; TIME-LINE ; GENERAL MAP ; INTRODUCTION ; 1. Drawing a Blank in Babylon ; 2. Classical writers and their testimony ; 3. Three pictures and Archimedes ; 4. Sennacherib's Great Invention ; 5. Engineers and Waterworks ; 6. Confusion of Names ; 7. The Palace, the Queen and the Garden ; 8. Symbolism and Imitations ; 9. Defeat and Revival at Nineveh and Nimrud ; CONCLUSION ; APPENDIX ; The Prism Inscription in translation ; BIBLIOGRAPHY ; INDEX