The Hanging Gardens of Babylon — one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World

Most of us have a general idea where one might find the ancient kingdom of Babylon. It’s in the Middle East. More precisely it is today known as Iraq.Hanging Gardens of Babylon

But few of us know that in ancient times, there were Seven Ancient Wonders of the World AND their locations. They were the Great Pyramid of Giza; the Statue of Zeus; the Hanging Gardens of Babylon; the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus; the Mausoleum at Halicarnassas; the Colossus of Rhodes; and, the Lighthouse of Alexandria.

Two well-known ancient scholars agreed upon the list. They were Herodotus and Callimachus of Cyrene, both known in the Ancient World as early as the 5th century B.C.E.  Writers after those two historians confirm both the names of these two historians and their lists.

But only one of the seven ancient wonders of the world is without a known site: the Hanging Gardens of Babylon (Iraq). The seven modern wonders of the World is another question yet to be answered definitively, but ambiguous enough to escape definitive agreement among scholars without first agreeing upon criteria.

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