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English: 'Hanging Gardens of Babylon' - a work mistakenly attributed to the 16th century engraving by Dutch artist Martin Heemskerck - probably 19th century after the first excavations in the Assyrian capitals.
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
  • This hand-coloured engraving mistakenly attributed to the 16th-century Dutch artist Martin Heemskerck, probably made in 19th century after the first excavations in the Assyrian capitals, depicts the fabled Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
  • According to the tradition, the gardens did not hang, but grew on the roofs and terraces of the royal palace in Babylon. Nebuchadnezzar II, the Chaldean king, is supposed to have had the gardens built in about 600 BC as a consolation to his Median wife, who missed the natural surroundings of her homeland.
  • An interpretation of the historical sources used in this reproduction is available from P.E. Michelli (former St. Olaf professor, it appears).

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