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Who was Queen Semiramis?    Did she rule over Babylon?  Is she the same as the Goddess Ishtar? Anything you know about Semiramis would help tremendously!

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You are right on both parts of your question. In one legend, Semiramis is synonymous with Shammuramat, the wife of the Assyrian King Shamshi-Adad V, who ruled between 824-811 B. C. In another, Semiramis is the basis for Ishtar, the Assyrian goddess of love, war and sex. In yet another legend, Semiramis was the inspiration of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World--the Hanging Gardens of Babylon (sometimes known as the Hanging Gardens of Semiramis). Her name can be found on many monuments and in many locations throughout the Middle East, and it is still a common Assyrian female name today.

 

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