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Babylon, Thebes, and Nineveh

OF the situation of these three greatest cities in the universe, of which history presents us with so many wonderful accounts, we are ignorant; there does not remain the slightest vestige. The hundred gates of Thebes; the hanging gardens, and innumerable streets of Babylon; Nineveh (to use the expression of Scripture) “that great city, in which were more than six score thousand persons;” are all melted away, “like the baseless fabric of a vision.” They are, however, marked in maps.