Alexander the Great and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon

@article{Reade2000AlexanderTG,
  title={Alexander the Great and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon},
  author={Julian Edgeworth Reade},
  journal={Iraq},
  year={2000},
  volume={62},
  pages={195 - 217}
}
When Alexander the Great was a boy in the 340s, entertaining Persian ambassadors at his father's court, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon were one of the Mysteries of the Orient, not yet a Wonder of the World but the kind of thing about which he might have been expected to enquire. Instead, according to Plutarch (Moralia 342B), he asked about roads and the military organization of the Persian empire. Plutarch was writing in the first or second century AD, but maybe the story is true. We all know… 
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