“She, they say, being a Persian by race and longing for
the meadows of her mountains, asked the king to imitate, through
the artifice of a planted garden, the distinctive landscape of
(Diodorus Siculus, II.10.1)
Diodorus Siculus has it that Semiramis (Sammu-Ramat) longed for
the lush vegetation of her homeland in Persia. Out of love, Nebuchadnezzar
built her a garden of such scope and beauty it has been hailed
for all posterity as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Keeping
this garden lush necessitated construction of a number of ingenious
irrigation devices, unlike anything previously known. In ancient
Babylon, love was the mother of invention, and wondrous beauty
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
1886. Ferdinand Knab (1834–1902). Colour
lithograph from a series of the ‘Seven Wonders of the World'
published in Munchener Bilderbogen. Archives Charmet.