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Hanging Gardens of Babylon

January 1st, 2009 by MotU Overseer

     "The approach to the Garden sloped like a hillside and the several parts of the structure rose from one another tier on tier... On all this, the earth had been piled... and was thickly planted with trees of every kind that, by their great size and other charm, gave pleasure to the beholder... The water machines [raised] the water in great abundance from the river, although no one outside could see it." - Diodorus Siculus  

    Nebuchadnezzar II, who lived from 604 until 562 BC, was the son of the great king Naboplashar, who carried the Neo-Babylonian dynasty to its golden age. Nebuchadnezzar II is also the ruler who is believed to have constructed the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, with the reasoning of pleasing his wife since she had been "brought up in Media and had a passion for mountain aurroundings." This in mind, it is no surprise that he constructed what would be considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.