The Seven Wonders of the World: And Their Associations ; with Eight Illustrations
Detailing each of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Theodore Alois Buckley's The Seven Wonders of the World and Their Associations provides particularly intricate information about the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon are regarded as the most legendary of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. While some historians believe the Gardens never actually existed, others believe they were built in the ancient city-state of Babylon near present-day Babil province in Iraq. Purportedly constructed by King Nebuchadnezzar II between 605 and 562 BC, the Gardens were created as a gift to his wife, Amytis of Media, who often longed for the sight and smell of native plants from her homeland. Ancient writers describe the Gardens as consisting of intricate systems of terraces and trellises that would hold an abundance of plants. Historians believe these terraces were the reason the Gardens were referred to as "hanging," as it would appear plants were suspended in midair or over rooftops. Historians also believe that the Gardens would have required servants to use a minimum of about 8,200 gallons (37,000 liters) of water each day to irrigate the greenery. The Hanging Gardens are thought to have been destroyed by earthquakes around the second century BC. And while this Wonder has been written about by several Greek and Roman historians, no definitive archaeological evidence concerning the whereabouts of the legendary gardens has been found.
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The Seven Wonders of the World: And Their Associations; With Eight Illustrations
Theodore Alois Buckley
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Page 125 - And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees' excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation: neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall the shepherds make their fold there. But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses shall be full of doleful creatures; and owls shall dwell there, and Satyrs shall dance there.
Page 126 - And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment ; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years. And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are accomplished, that I will punish the king of Babylon, and that nation, saith the LORD, for their iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans, and will make it perpetual desolations.
Page 93 - I made me great works ; I builded me houses ; I planted me vineyards : I made me gardens and orchards, and I planted trees in them of all kind of fruits: I made me pools of water, to water therewith the wood that bringeth forth trees...
Page 177 - And filled the illumined groves with ravishment. The nightly hunter, lifting a bright eye Up towards the crescent moon, with grateful heart Called on the lovely wanderer who bestowed That timely light, to share his joyous sport : And hence, a beaming Goddess with her Nymphs, Across the lawn and through the darksome grove, Not unaccompanied with tuneful notes By echo multiplied from rock or cave, Swept in the storm of chase ; as moon and stars Glance rapidly along the clouded heaven, When winds are...
Page 236 - All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in his own house. But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch...
Page 291 - Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert . . . Near them, on the sand, Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, Tell that its sculptor well those passions read Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things, The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed: And on the pedestal these words appear: 'My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Page 143 - Was freedom's home or glory's grave ! Shrine of the mighty ! can it be, That this is all remains of thee ? Approach, thou craven crouching slave : Say, is not this Thermopylse?
Page 188 - Thy riches, and thy fairs, thy merchandise, thy mariners, and thy pilots, thy calkers, and the occupiers of thy merchandise, and all thy men of war, that are in thee, and in all thy company which is in the midst of thee, shall fall into the midst of the seas in the day of thy ruin.
Page 291 - My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!' Nothing beside remains. Round the decay Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare The lone and level sands stretch far away.
Page 289 - Swift as the radiant shapes of sleep From one whose dreams are Paradise Fly, when the fond wretch wakes to weep, And day peers forth with her blank eyes ; So fleet, so faint, so fair, The Powers of earth and air Fled from the folding star of Bethlehem : Apollo, Pan, and Love, And even Olympian Jove Grew weak, for killing Truth had glared on them ; Our hills and seas and streams Dispeopled of their dreams, Their waters turned to blood, their dew to tears, Wailed for the golden years Enter MAHMUD,...