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I find the intersection of history and myth intriguing, so I will be exploring the legendary “Hanging Gardens of Babylon” and the implications of memory and myth-making. In particular, I want to discuss what it is about gardens in general (and those of Babylon in particular) that has captured ancient and modern people’s imaginations alike. Cultivation is nothing unique to the "Fertile Crescent," a region with a long history of agriculture, irrigation technology and the like, so it will be interesting to see where the concepts of "pleasure" and "paradise" and "luxury" come into the mix.
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