What is Babylon?

  • (noun): The chief city of ancient Mesopotamia and capitol of the ancient kingdom of Babylonia.


Babylon (Arabic: بابل, Babil; Akkadian: Bābili(m); Sumerian logogram: KÁ.DINGIR.RAKI; Hebrew: בָּבֶל, Bābel; Greek: Βαβυλών, Babylōn) was an Akkadian city-state (founded in 1894 BC by an Amorite dynasty) of ancient Mesopotamia, the remains of which are found in present-day Al Hillah, Babylon Province, Iraq, about 85 kilometers (55 mi) south of Baghdad. All that remains of the original ancient famed city of Babylon today is a large mound, or tell, of broken mud-brick buildings and debris in the fertile Mesopotamian plain between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. The city itself was built upon the Euphrates, and divided in equal parts along its left and right banks, with steep embankments to contain the river's seasonal floods.

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By The Rivers Of Babylon
... By the Rivers of Babylon is a 1978 thriller novel by Nelson DeMille ... ignores warnings and is destroyed by remote control, and the other crash lands near the ruins of Babylon ...
... was a King in the First Dynasty of Babylon ... of the details of Apil-Sin or his reign as king of Babylon ... of business documents that have come down to us out of this first dynasty of Babylon, none of the rulers down to Apil-Sin is called king and Sin-Muballit only in the form of a passing allusion in one single ...
Laws And Customs Of The Land Of Israel In Judaism - Customs
... in the early periods, between Jewish practices in Israel and Babylon (sometimes called "the East") ... In Babylon the ring "was not in sight" (this phrase is ambiguous, and some interpret it as meaning that the presentation of the ring occurred not in public at the synagogue, but in private ) ... if the child died within that period in Babylon she was permitted to marry within that time if the child died ...
Babylon in Popular Culture
... Due to the importance of Babylon in its time as well as the stories in the Bible the word "Babylon" in various languages has acquired a generic meaning of a large, bustling diverse city ... As such, the word "Babylon" is used for various entertainment events or buildings ... For example, sci-fi series Babylon 5 tells a tale of a multi-racial future space station ...
Babylon Istanbul
... Babylon Istanbul is a music venue located in Istanbul, Turkey ... In 2010, Babylon launched its Lounge restaurant, which is located just a street behind the main venue ... warm-ups and after parties hosted by various DJs, before and after the concerts in Babylon ...

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    The stars which shone over Babylon and the stable in Bethlehem still shine as brightly over the Empire State Building and your front yard today. They perform their cycles with the same mathematical precision, and they will continue to affect each thing on earth, including man, as long as the earth exists.
    Linda Goodman (b. 1929)