Saturday, October 17, 2009

BBC - Secrets Of The Ancients - Hanging Gardens


Whenever people today see wonders of the ancient world, like Stonehenge or the Pyramids, the question that always comes up is "how'd they do that? These are the questions that this documentary series tries to answer, and one thing is clear — it wasn't easy!

5. Hanging Gardens of Babylon

A lot of people have heard of The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, but few know why these gardens were considered by the Greeks to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The irrigation system alone is a mystery worthy of its own Secrets episode. How were such elaborate gardens watered? No one really knows, but attempts to test various theories have been made by modern water engineers using technology of the time and this series follows those attempts. At least these Babylonians didn't have to face the modern-day difficulty of a hose-pipe ban.

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