The Mystery of the Hanging Garden of Babylon: An Elusive World Wonder Traced

Category: Humanities
Author: Stephanie Dalley
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> [Nebuchadnezzar] celebrated his prowess by inscribing on two rock faces in the Wadi Briza, a ravine in the cedar mountains of Lebanon []. This was the region where the legendary Gilgamesh and Enkidu had fought and killed the monster Humbaba. Nebuchadnezzar referred to it as a place where he had cut down gigantic cedar trees for his temple doors -- implying that he was like Gilgamesh. On the surface of the rock he also had scenes carved that showed himself grasping a tree, presumably intending to cut it down, and fighting a lion, as Gilgamesh had done