THE HANGING GARDENS OF BABYLON
An Elusive Labor of Love
The Hanging Gardens probably never existed.
Babylon was one of the great cities in antiquity, and under Nebuchadnezzar, its walls and gardens were famous throughout the ancient world, noted by Greek and Roman historians. But no sign exists of the gardens, supposedly built for his queen.
In this episode, we review the history of Mesopotamia and consider an alternate location for where the gardens might actually have been.
While exploring the ruins of Babylon, we also try masguf and tepsi, Iraqi specialties which have been enjoyed for centuries.
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Painting by Maarten van Heemskerck