The weekend is a good time to step away from the silliness of the news…..so I try to do just that from time to time…..
Some channels on the “boob tube” make a living selling the idea that some things are out there and waiting to be found and exploited…..things like El Dorado, the Round Table, and so on…..
But let’s look at a few of the things that did not exist….
Everyone loves a good story, but not everyone loves history. So what is a frustrated historian or museum curator to do when folks just aren’t interested? They make things up, of course.
Yes, it turns out history is just bursting with little bits of fiction someone threw in for flavor at some point. Of course, misunderstanding and good old-fashioned ignorance played their parts, but at the end of the day, we are left with a “history” littered with landmines of utter nonsense. Take for instance . . .
I disagree with the premise that the “Gardens” never existed…..my studies leads me to believe that they did but not in Babylon but further North in the Assyrian empire…..
I also disagree with the “Babel” thingy….it was a large structure in Sumeria known as a ziggurat, a stepped tower…. the inflated height was most likely literary license for the book.
I wrote about this awhile back…..https://lobotero.com/2016/12/11/hanging-gardens-of-babylon/
More things that never existed…..https://www.toptenz.net/more-famous-things-that-never-actually-existed.php
Then this from the Smithsonian on the Tower…..https://aleteia.org/2017/05/02/evidence-that-tower-of-babel-really-existed-is-discovered/
Do you have any thoughts on these?
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“lego ergo scribo”