The Hanging Gardens of Assyria

There was an episode recently of the Decoding the Past series on the History Channel called "Seven Wonders of the World". One of the talking heads mentioned that the Hanging Gardens of Babylon might not have been in Babylon at all, but in the Ninevah of Assyrian king Sennacherib.

"One theory holds that the famed Hanging Gardens of Babylon, of which definite traces have yet to be found, were constructed by Sennacherib at Nineveh."

In the Book of Judit, Nebuchadnezzar was called king of Assyria.

He was also one of the leading sons of Sennacherib (a.k.a. Nabopolassar), although he did not succeed Sennacherib as king of Assyria. Instead, Nebuchadrezzar was made king of Babylon. Esarhaddon became king of Assyria followed by Assurbanipal, who both turn out to be contemporaries of Nebuchadrezzar.

The point is that Nebuchadrezzar and Sennacherib may have been claiming credit for building the same garden, and as father and son this would not have been unreasonable.

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