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The Hanging Gardens of Babylon: in Nineveh?

The Hanging Gardens might actually be located in Nineveh, according to the accounts of the Assyrian King Sennacherib, who says that he built a huge aqueduct from the mountains into Nineveh in the early seventh century b.c.e. Sennacherib doesn’t actually say that he built the gardens in his writings, but he did mention a water-raising screw that he could have used to irrigate the Gardens. Sennacherib renamed the city New Babylon after his victory over the Babylonians. This could explain why the Greeks referred to it as the Garden of Babylon, rather than the Garden of Nineveh, because of the confusing name change. The Hanging Gardens were one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World until they were destroyed in the late second century by several earthquakes. There is no real evidence that they exist, except in the Greeks writing and, of course, in Sennacherib’s records.
Dr. Stephanie Dalley, of Oxford University, was convinced that the Gardens are in Nineveh, and spent several years trying to prove it. She backs her evidence up by the fact that the Babylonians wrote nothing about the Hanging Gardens, and because the Assyrians were their nemesis, they wouldn’t have written about the Gardens if the Assyrians had built it.