Explain the title of “Babylon Revisited” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. In short, if it is set in Paris, why isn’t it called “Paris Revisited?”

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I would expect that F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Babylon Revisited" makes use of the literary device of allusion in referring to Babylon. An allusion is a reference to a well-known person, place, event, piece of art, etc. In other words, it is:

...a direct or indirect reference to something which is presumably commonly known, such as an event, book, myth, place, or work of art...

When an allusion is used, there is a comparison being made whereby some aspect of a story being told is compared to some famous person or situation. It is necessary to understand the reference to "Babylon"—otherwise, the comparison is lost to the reader.

Babylon was once a fortified city, surrounded by thick walls and deep waterways that were not penetrated until the Persians attacked in 539 BC. After it was taken—at that time—and later when it was taken by Alexander the Great, the city regained its reputation of accomplishment:

Babylon became...a centre of learning and scientific advancement. In Achaemenid Persia,...

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