The Tongue Tower, Temple of Nabu, Borsippa

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 12 April 2014
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The ziggurat, the "Tongue Tower," today one of the most vividly identifiable surviving ziggurats, is identified in the later Talmudic and Arabic culture with the Tower of Babel. However, modern scholarship concludes that the Sumero-Akkadian builders of the ziggurat in reality erected it as a religious edifice in honor of the local god Nabu, the son of Babylon's Marduk, as would be appropriate for Babylon's lesser sister city.

Biris Namrud, Babil Governorate, Iraq.

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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Amin, O. S. M. (2014, April 12). The Tongue Tower, Temple of Nabu, Borsippa. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/2562/the-tongue-tower-temple-of-nabu-borsippa/

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Amin, Osama Shukir Muhammed. "The Tongue Tower, Temple of Nabu, Borsippa." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified April 12, 2014. https://www.worldhistory.org/image/2562/the-tongue-tower-temple-of-nabu-borsippa/.

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Amin, Osama Shukir Muhammed. "The Tongue Tower, Temple of Nabu, Borsippa." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 12 Apr 2014. Web. 17 Jul 2024.

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