Marble Greece, Limestone Egypt, and Muddy Mesopotamia: Why the Great Building Projects of Hammurabi and Nebuchadnezzar Have Not Endured

Mesopotamia once had ancient cities as architecturally grand and magnificently adorned as Egypt and Greece. So how come the region’s great cities, like ancient Babylon, are in such poor archaeological condition?

Answer: Just like Leonardo da Vinci made his Last Supper with an experimental pigment that proved not very durable, so ancient Mesopotamian kings, like Hammurabi and Nebuchadnezzar, built with non-durable materials.

This today in the New York Times:

The ruins at Babylon have long suffered. Mud bricks lack the durability of the marble of Greece or the limestone of Egypt, leaving behind little more than heaps of earth. “You need to be kind of a romantic to love the Mesopotamian sites,” said Elizabeth C. Stone, an archaeologist at Stony Brook University on Long Island.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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2 Responses to Marble Greece, Limestone Egypt, and Muddy Mesopotamia: Why the Great Building Projects of Hammurabi and Nebuchadnezzar Have Not Endured

  1. Ice Gal says:

    It is just absurd that in the 21 century people chose to believe in fairy tails, and not accept the facts. Evolution is just like gravity. Its here to stay.
    Here in Alaska if I was to walk or ride my bike aboot 1.5 miles south , have a clear day, and look west I could see our planet evolve. http://www.avo.alaska.edu/activity/Redoubt.php

  2. aunty dawkins says:

    Ice Gal

    Is Hammurabi and the Babylonian Empire a fairy TALE then?
    Or are you replying to the wrong post here?

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