Gate Of The Gods - By The Rivers Of Babylon

Vanessa Barklay

Ravenshoe, Australia

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Behind which stood the magnificent Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World, incredible, ancient Babylon and it’s Empire…where do I start?

The image represents The Ishtar Gate that led into the city of Babylon, sitting on the banks of the river Euphrates, the name Babylon meaning “Gate of the Gods”. This grand entrance was decorated with brilliant blue tiles and figures of dragons and bulls. Beyond the gate, The Processional Way led to the city centre and the ziggurat temple dedicated to their chief god Marduk.

Babylon has 2 eras, that of King Hammurabi, who wrote some laws on a stone pillar known as Hammurabi’s Stela around 1740BC, during this time it was capital of Mesopotamia and a centre of learning but after hundreds of years of invasions by Kassites, Chaldeans and Assyrians, Babylon was in ruins…it was not until the reign of King Nebuchadnezzar around 620BC that Babylon found it’s feet again to rise up and become the greatest city in the world. During this time the city of Jerulasalem was attacked and the kingdom of Judea defeated by the Babylonian army, who took them captive back into the city they now loathed, Babylon.

Babylonian boys went to school and often learnt astronomy, literature and mathematics, like the Sumerians before them they based their units on 60, which is where we get our 60 minutes and 360 degree circles, they studied the stars and made early detailed records of the stars and planets.

The Hanging Gardens were built by King Nebuchanezzar for his wife Amytis who missed the green hills of her homeland Media. The palace was called ‘the Marvel of Mankind’ and built around 5 courtyards with the terraces overflowing with the exotic gardens, a marvellous sight to behold indeed.

Gods and Goddesses dominated the city with the dragons representing the god Adad and the bulls representing Marduk with the Ishtar Gate named after the greatest Goddess of all to the Babylonians.

In 539 Cyrus, King of neighbouring Persia overthrew the Chaldean Kings and took over Babylon, he released the captive Jews who had been taken there 60 years prior, created the immense Persian Empire there and then proceeded to take on the rest of the world…

This is created from an Incendia fractal, representing the Ishtar Gate at Babylon. I have added another layer which if you look closely is a map and images of the Babylonian Empire with Babylon sitting up the top right on the green ‘Euphrates River’…Babylon was the enemy of the Jews and a place seen as a ‘hell on Earth’ so the background represents this as flames often associated with the sacrifices made for the Marduk, the God of the city. I hope you enjoyed this combination of art and history, I have many more too in My Profile.

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