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Herodotus’ description of Babylon (1)

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12 Assyrian Identity

07 Crafts and economy

5th century BCE
Greek Classical Age
Greek philosophers and scholars

Herodotus 1.180-181:
The city is divided into two parts; for it is cut in half by a river named Euphrates, a wide, deep, and swift river, flowing from Armenia and issuing into the Red Sea. The ends of the wall, then, on either side are built quite down to the river; here they turn, and hence a fence of baked bricks runs along each bank of the stream. The city itself is full of houses three and four stories high; and the ways which traverse it - those that run crosswise towards the river, and the rest - are all straight. Further, at the end of each road there was a gate in the riverside fence, one gate for each alley; these gates also were of bronze, and these too opened on the river. These walls are the city’s outer armour; within them there is another encircling wall, well-nigh as strong as the other, but narrower.

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Herodotus 1.180-181

Godley 1960, I 224-225Godley, A. D. Herodotus. 4 Vols. Loeb Classical Library. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, London: Heinemann 1960.

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