How Babylon Appeared To Alexander The Great

Under Alexander, Babylon again flourished as a center of learning and commerce. This accurate recreation is how it must have looked to he and his troops upon their arrival.

How Babylon appeared to Alexander the Great

From Oliver Stone’s film, “Alexander”. Quite similar to the first image. However, the Tower of Babel is a bit exaggerated.


But following Alexander’s death in 323 BC in the palace of Nebuchadnezzar, his empire was divided amongst his generals, and decades of fighting soon began, with Babylon once again caught in the middle.

The constant turmoil virtually emptied the city of Babylon. A tablet dated 275 BC states that the inhabitants of Babylon were transported to Seleucia, where a palace was built, as well as a temple given the ancient name of Esagila. With this deportation, the history of Babylon comes practically to an end, though more than a century later, it was found that sacrifices were still performed in its old sanctuary. By 141 BC, when the Parthian Empire took over the region, Babylon was in complete desolation and obscurity.



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