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<b>Identifier</b>: historyofbabylon00kinguoft <b>Title</b>: <a href="">A history of Babylon from the foundation of the monarchy to the Persian conquest</a> <b>Year</b>: <a href="">1915</a> (<a href="">1910s</a>) <b>Authors</b>: <a href="">King, L. W. (Leonard William), 1869-1919</a> <b>Subjects</b>: <b>Publisher</b>: <a href="">London : Chatto and Windus</a> <b>Contributing Library</b>: <a href="">Robarts - University of Toronto</a> <b>Digitizing Sponsor</b>: <a href="">University of Toronto</a> <b>View Book Page</b>: <a href="" rel="nofollow">Book Viewer</a> <b>About This Book</b>: <a href="" rel="nofollow">Catalog Entry</a> <b>View All Images</b>: <a href="">All Images From Book</a> Click here to <a href="" rel="nofollow"><b>view book online</b></a> to see this illustration in context in a browseable online version of this book. <b>Text Appearing Before Image:</b> <i>aninspection-chamber, down which an engineer coulddescend to clean the well out, or to remove any ob-struction. In the modern contrivances of this sort,sometimes employed to-day in Babylonia to raise acontinuous flow of water to the irrigation-trenches, themotive-power for turning the winch is supplied byhorses or other animals moving round in a circle. Inthe Vaulted Building there would have been scarcelyroom for such an arrangement, and it is probable thatgangs of slaves were employed to work a couple ofheavy hand-winches. The discovery of the well un-doubtedly serves to strengthen the case for identification.Two alternative schemes are put forward to re-constitute the upper structure of this building. Its Koldeweys explanation, that the total circuit of the building has beenconfused with the length of a single side, need not be invoked, in view of thenatural tendency of ancient writers to exaggeration in such matters,especially when reproducing measurements at second or third hand.</i> <b>Text Appearing After Image:</b> <i>f« EASTERN TOWERS OF THE ISHTAR GATE. THE CITY AND ITS REMAINS 49 massive walls suggest in any case that they were in-tended to support a considerable weight, and it may bethat the core of the building, constructed over thesubterranean vaults, towered high above its surround-ing chambers which are on the palace-level. Thiswould have been in accordance with the currentconception of a hanging garden ; and, since on twosides it was bounded by the palace-wall, its trees andvegetation would have been visible from outside thecitadel. Seen thus from the lower level of the town,the height of the garden would have been reinforced bythe whole height of the Citadel-mound on which thepalace stands, and imagination once kindled might haveplayed freely with its actual measurements. On the other hand, the semicircular arches, still pre-served within the central core, may have directlysupported the thick layer of earth in which the treesof the garden were planted. These would then havebeen growing o</i> <b>Note About Images</b> <i>Please note that these images are extracted from scanned page images that may have been digitally enhanced for readability - coloration and appearance of these illustrations may not perfectly resemble the original work.</i>
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