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Discovery Channel-Seven Wonders Of The World:Babylon Hanging Graden & The Temple Of Artemis 历史人文系列-世界七大奇观:巴比伦空中花园&阿尔忒弥斯神殿 DVD
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Hanging Gardens of Babylon

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon (also known as Hanging Gardens of Semiramis) (near present-day Al Hillah in Iraq) are considered one of the original Seven Wonders of the World. They were built by Nebuchadnezzar II around 600 BC. He is reported to have constructed the gardens to please his wife, Amytis of Media, who longed for the trees and fragrant plants of her homeland.[1] The gardens were destroyed in an earthquake after the 1st century BC.

The lush Hanging Gardens are extensively documented by Greek historians such as Strabo and Diodorus Siculus. Through the ages, the location may have been confused with gardens that existed at Nineveh, since tablets from there clearly show gardens. Writings on these tablets describe the possible use of something similar to an Archimedes' screw as a process of raising the water to the required height.

Temple of Artemis

The sacred site at Ephesus was far older than the Artemision. Pausanias[8] understood the shrine of Artemis there to be very ancient. He states with certainty that it antedated the Ionic immigration by many years, being older even than the oracular shrine of Apollo at Didyma. He said that the pre-Ionic inhabitants of the city were Leleges and Lydians. Callimachus, in his Hymn to Artemis, attributed the origin of the temenos at Ephesus to the Amazons, whose worship he imagines already centered upon an image {bretas).

Pre-World War I excavations by David George Hogarth,[9] who identified three successive temples overlying one another on the site, and corrective re-excavations in 1987-88[10] have confirmed Pausanias' report.

Test holes have confirmed that the site was occupied as early as the Bronze Age, with a sequence of pottery finds that extend forward to Middle Geometric times, when the clay-floored peripteral temple was constructed, in the second half of the eighth century BCE.[11] The peripteral temple at Ephesus was the earliest example of a peripteral type on the coast of Asia Minor, and perhaps the earliest Greek temple surrounded by colonnades.

In the seventh century, a flood[12] destroyed the temple, depositing over half a meter of sand and scattering flotsam over the former floor of hard-packed clay. In the flood debris were the remains of a carved ivory plaque of a griffon and the Tree of Life, apparently North Syrian. More importantly, flood deposits buried in place a hoard against the north wall that included drilled amber tear-shaped drops with elliptical cross-sections, which had once dressed the wooden effigy of the Lady of Ephesus; the xoanon must have been destroyed in the flood. Bammer notes that though the flood-prone site was raised about two metres between the eighth and sixth centuries, and a further 2.4 m between the sixth and the fourth, the site was retained: "this indicates that maintaining the identity of the actual location played an important role in the sacred organization" (Bammer 1990:144).

The new temple, now built of marble, with its peripteral columns doubled to make a wide ceremonial passage round the cella, was designed and constructed around 550 BCE by the Cretan architect Chersiphron and his son Metagenes. A new ebony or grapewood cult statue was sculpted by Endoios,[13] and a naiskos to house it was erected east of the open-air altar.

This enriched reconstruction was built at the expense of Croesus, the wealthy king of Lydia.[14] The rich foundation deposit of more than a thousand items has been recovered: it includes what may be the earliest coins of the silver-gold alloy electrum. Fragments of the bas-reliefs on the lowest drums of Croesus' temple, preserved in the British Museum, show that the enriched columns of the later temple, of which a few survive (illustration, below left) were versions of the earlier feature. Marshy ground was selected for the building site as a precaution against future earthquakes, according to Pliny the Elder.[15] The temple became a tourist attraction, visited by merchants, kings, and sightseers, many of whom paid homage to Artemis in the form of jewelry and various goods. Its splendor also attracted many worshipers, many of whom formed the cult of Artemis.

Croesus' temple was a widely respected place of refuge, a tradition that was linked in myth with the Amazons who took refuge there, both from Heracles and from Dionysus. 巴比伦的空中花园



其他的相關古代歷史文獻:有一本敘述有二十面支撐的牆。還有一本說這座花園是建在磚塊和瀝青建成的穹窿上;阿基米德螺旋裝置 (Archimedean screws)沿著梯級供應流水。又有一本描繪底部結構的石質圓柱支撐著木質橫樑:這些橫樑是棗棕櫚的樹幹,除了不會腐朽外,還能夠供給上面花園樹木的根部養分,整個地區都是用一套泉水和渠道構成的系統灌溉的。後文關於空中花園的外觀及建造過程即參照這些文獻記載與考證推測而成。

希羅多德在他的著作中並沒有提到這座空中花園(這也許是有人猜測他未到過巴比倫的另一項理由)。公元前一世紀中葉,西西里島歷史學家戴奧多勒斯,以及五十年後在羅馬皇帝奧古斯都(Augustus)在位,時代「地理」(Geography)一書的著者斯特雷波(Strabo),都曾先後描寫過空中花園的情形。傳說共有二︰一說是亞述國王阿達德-尼拉里三世(Adad-nirari III 西元前810∼前783年在位)之母薩穆-拉馬特(Sammu-ramat)所建;另一說是在前6世纪由新巴比倫王國的尼布甲尼撒二世(Nebuchadnezzar)(西元前605-562年)在巴比倫城為博取其對故國山川花木的懷念而患思鄉病的波斯籍王妃安美依迪絲(Amyitis)的歡心在十五天內修建的。當時公主說:「我的家鄉山巒疊翠,花草叢生。而這裡是一望無際的巴比倫平原,連個小山丘都找不到,我多麼渴望能再見到我們家鄉的山嶺和盤山小道啊」!不過也有些記載,雖然提到了空中花園,但認為傳說中的空中花園並不是由尼布甲尼撒二世建造的,而是一位敘利亞國王為取悅他的一個愛妃而特意修築的。空中花園估計位於幼發拉底河東面,伊拉克首都巴格達以南50里外左右,四大文明古國之一巴比倫中。然而,到目前為止,在所發現的巴比倫楔形文字的泥版文書,還沒有找到確切的文獻記載。因此,考古學家的解釋是否正確仍需進一步研究。令人遺憾的是,空中花園和巴比倫文明其他的著名建築一樣,早已湮沒在滾滾黃沙之中。我們要了解空中花園,只能通過後世的歷史記載和近代的考古發掘。許多歷史學者更懷疑空中花園是否真實存在過。

巴比倫空中花園(Hanging Gardens of Babylon) 當然不是吊於空中,這個名字純粹是是出自對希臘文paradeisos 一字的意譯。純粹是因為人們把原本除有「吊」之外,還有「突出」之意的希臘文「kremastos」及拉丁文「pensilis」錯誤翻譯所致。其實, paradeisos一字直譯應譯作「梯形高台」,所謂「空中花園」實際上就是建築在「梯形高台」上的花園。希臘文paradeisos(空中花園)後來蛻變為英文paradise(天堂)。







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