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The Mystery of the Hanging Garden of Babylon: An Elusive World Wonder Traced (Anglais) Relié – 23 mai 2013

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Wonderfully readable and meticulously researchedas gripping as any thriller, beautifully written and illustrated with an astonishing conclusion (The Good Book Guide)

This meticulously researched book reveals the truth about a Wonder of the Ancient World, an astonishing creation involving sophisticated hydraulics to create a garden so marvellous that it challenged God. (Times Higher Education.)

A gripping detective story, wonderfully written and illustrated, with an astonishing conclusion. Unmissable. (The Tablet)

An enjoyable read throughout. (BBC History magazine)

[L]earned and never less than gripping ... when the inadequacies of a received tradition are as glaring as they clearly are in the case of the Hanging Garden, it is a cause for celebration that there are scholars of the calibre of Stephanie Dalley to propose a convincing alternative. (Tom Holland, Literary Review)

This fascinating book reads more like a detective story than a scholarly account of an ancient civilization ... Ms Dalley makes a brilliant and convincing argument. (Land & Business)

[B]old, clear and immensely interesting... Every good summer needs a controversy and Dalley's high-class book and sheer likeability have now given us an excellent one. (Robin Lane Fox, Financial Times)

[Dalley] makes a compelling case. Scholars will doubtless find matter for debate, but her central argument rings true. (Nick Rennison, The Sunday Times {Culture})

Deeply researched and rigorously argued - and certain to raise both hopes and objections. (Kirkus Reviews)

This scholarly work is full of absorbing details. (Penelope Hobhouse, The Garden)

Dalley's obvious passion for the book shines through in the book, as does a wealth of knowledge and her commitment to provide the evidence to prove her case The writing is fluid and interesting, suiting specialist and non-specialist alike ... I whole-heartedly recommend this book. (Stephen Harmer, Garden Design Journal)

[A] brilliant piece of detective work Well-written and thought-provoking, and certainly for the general reader. (Richard Mawrey, Historic Gardens Review)

The location of this leafy Seventh Wonder has long been disputed; Dr Dalley presents meticulous, fascinating evidence for its siting in Assyria. History books will be rewritten. (Oxford Today)

Even the greatest skeptic will learn a lot about ancient Assyria and Babylonia, and much more ... Highly recommended. (M. Van De Mireoop, CHOICE)

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The Mystery of the Hanging Garden of Babylon is an exciting story of detection involving legends, expert decipherment of ancient texts, and a vivid description of a little-known civilization. Recognised in ancient times as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the legendary Hanging Garden of Babylon and its location still remains a mystery steeped in shadow and puzzling myths. In this remarkable volume Stephanie Dalley, a world expert on ancient Babylonian language, gathers for the first time all the material on this enigmatic World Wonder. Tracing the history of the Garden, Dalley describes how the decipherment of an original text and its link to sculpture in the British Museum has enabled her to pin down where the Garden was positioned and to describe in detail what it may have looked like. Through this dramatic and fascinating reconstruction of the Garden, Dalley is also able to follow its influence on later garden design. Like a palimpsest, Dalley unscrambles the many legends that have built up around the Garden, including the parts played by Semiramis and Nebuchadnezzar, and following the evolution of its design, she shows why this Garden deserves its place alongside the Pyramids and the Colossus of Rhodes as one of the most astonishing technical achievements of the ancient world.

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Livraison rapide dans un emballage parfait. Ouvrage très intéressant et bien écrit (rare dans le genre) qui bouscule bien des idées reçues depuis des millénaires; malgré l'absence de quelques photos couleur et malgré l' agrandissement insuffisant des gravures de bas reliefs, qui soumet le lecteur à la rude épreuve de la détection de détails, richement décrits par l'archéologue.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 ENJOYABLE HISTORICAL DETECTIVE STORY 9 juillet 2013
Par vitruvius - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Though I lack the academic credentials to dispute any part of the author's solution to "The Mystery of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon", I enjoyed every step of her convincing investigation, and would be interested to read any serious objections. The footnotes and bibliography support the most thorough research into every aspect of the written and archaelogical evidence. There are many figures, and some color photos, including stills from her BBC documentary of 1999, which is now available on line. Since this is a mystery apparently solved, I shall not disclose any spoilers. However, here are a couple of things not generally known outside academic circles: An analysis of samples, taken in 1935, confirmed that concrete was used by the civilization that created the Garden. Even recent books continue to state that the Romans invented concrete, when in fact they perfected the mix by adding volcanic ash, etc, and were also masters of its use underwater. The use of bronze-cast screws, explained here, and recreated in the documentary, suggests that this civilization had mastered this device hundreds of years before Archimedes, who is usually given credit. And hydraulic engineering in general was of course an essential component. This book is not "fantastic archaeology", a speculative fantasy resting on nothing. It is a work of serious scholarship, well written for a wide audience. It belongs in every collection on archaeology and the ancient near east,and I have no reservations about placing it on my shelf with established studies in those fields.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 you will enjoy this book 30 août 2013
Par Margarita Aguila - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Anyone can read this book. That is to say, you don't need to by an expert in archeology or history to enjoy the writing. It provides new and old evidence that challenges the encyclopedia's definition of The Hanging Garden of Babylon and its creator. The author guides you through several chapters filled with evidence ranging from Greek literature, technology, architecture and symbolism by providing plates and writings to make her point. Recommended.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Rethinking Long-Held Assumptions about the Gardens 5 novembre 2013
Par M. Gatto - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Dalley's solid conclusion is that the hanging gardens were actually in the northern Iraqi city of Nineveh, and not in Babylon. I'm little versed in Assyrology, so her book also serves as a short introduction for me, though its certainly not meant to be. Each chapter addresses critical points supporting her argument: many cities could be known as Babylon; a survey of the water works which would have watered the gardens, and most importantly, reinterpreting archaeological finds which have mistakenly been assumed to refer to Babylon proper instead of Nineveh.

She raises the tantalizing possibility that Greek travelers didn't simply relate legends of the gardens, but may have actually seen them with their own eyes. Nineveh (and its gardens) were assumed to have been destroyed with the fall of the Assyrian empire at the hand of the Persians. If not, I believe that her assertion raises a number of fascinating issues for historians to take up including the possibility of the critical influence of a surviving Assyrian culture on the development of early Geek society, and thus the West.

I give it 5 stars for its scholarship, but reluctantly take one star back since it starts off a little slow with a review of the historical sources, as mentioned by others.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Scholarly Work 28 novembre 2013
Par George Poirier - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book was not at all what I was expecting. On the inside of the dust cover, the book is described as “an exciting story of detection involving legends, expert decipherment of ancient texts, and a vivid description of a little-known civilization”. As an ancient history/archaeology enthusiast I could hardly wait to read this promising book. Unfortunately, I was awfully disappointed. I found that the above quotation was accurate with the exception of the word “exciting”. I found the prose to be rather dry, even boring at times and resembling a scholarly treatise aimed at other professional scholars. There are a great many detailed descriptions of various things (locations, artifacts, genealogies, ruins, frescos, landscapes, etc.), one after another such that I found myself losing my understanding of the relevance to the main theme. Perhaps a specialist would find this book exciting - perhaps even a very serious enthusiast.

On the positive side, I did find a few passages interesting and there were many fascinating figures and photographs. Also, the ultimate location of where the Hanging Garden had been came as a total surprise to me. Despite my disappointing experience in reading this book, I gave it the above score simply because it does contain a wealth of very detailed information that could be useful to more serious and knowledgeable readers and to professional scholars; my own shortcomings in this field are insufficient reason, in my view, to give this book a poor rating.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fantastically Revealing 29 décembre 2013
Par Pen Name - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
This book is an exemplary work of scholarship. The author's arguments are persuasive and well evidenced and help to solve one of the world's remaining archaeological mysteries. The author achieves this by thinking outside of the box and not allowing herself to be restrained by outdated arguments or ways of thinking. Excellent reading for both the scholar and layperson.
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