Babylonians


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Babylonians

Rulers of a succession of kingdoms and empires in Mesopotamia. Noted for culture and architectural splendor.
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The King of Persia also very often reduces the Medes and Babylonians when they assume upon their former power: [1284b] and this is a principle which all governments whatsoever keep in their eye; even those which are best administered, as well as those which are not, do it; these for the sake of private utility, the others for the public good.
They will build as the Egyptians and the Babylonians never dreamed of building; and when the oligarchs have passed away, their great roads and their wonder cities will remain for the brotherhood of labor to tread upon and dwell within.
Emblazonings, as of crowned Babylonian kings and queens, reigned over everything.
The particular millionaire who owned the freehold of Wickham Place, and desired to erect Babylonian flats upon it--what right had he to stir so large a portion of the quivering jelly?
This inexplicable incident, this reversal of my previous experience, seemed, like the Babylonian finger on the wall, to be spelling out the letters of my judgment; and I began to reflect more seriously than ever before on the issues and possibilities of my double existence.
Dantes was a man of great simplicity of thought, and without education; he could not, therefore, in the solitude of his dungeon, traverse in mental vision the history of the ages, bring to life the nations that had perished, and rebuild the ancient cities so vast and stupendous in the light of the imagination, and that pass before the eye glowing with celestial colors in Martin's Babylonian pictures.
There is a green fringe of palm and prickly pear round the black mouth of the well; but nothing of the upper masonry remains except two bulky and battered stones standing like the pillars of a gateway of nowhere, in which some of the more transcendental archaeologists, in certain moods at moonrise or sunset, think they can trace the faint lines of figures or features of more than Babylonian monstrosity; while the more rationalistic archaeologists, in the more rational hours of daylight, see nothing but two shapeless rocks.
New Year Resolutions being a famous tradition of early Babylonians provide an opportunity of improvement through analysing the past mistakes.
Could the Babylonians who lived in what is now Iraq more than 3,700 years ago solve a word problem like this?
It is the world's oldest and most accurate trigonometric table and proves that Babylonians developed the mathematic technique some 1,500 years before the Greeks, whose version is still in use today.
Mathematicians believe the ancient Babylonians used the tablet, known as Plimpton 322, for calculations to help them design buildings.
Mathematicians believe that ancient Babylonians used the tablet, known as Plimpton 322, for calculations to help them design buildings.