Definitions for babylonˈbæb ə lən, -ˌlɒn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Bab•y•lonˈbæb ə lən, -ˌlɒn(n.)

  1. an ancient city in SW Asia, on the Euphrates River: capital of Babylonia and later of the Chaldean empire.

    Category: Ancient History, Geography (places)

  2. any city regarded as a place of excessive luxury and wickedness.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Babylon(noun)

    the chief city of ancient Mesopotamia and capital of the ancient kingdom of Babylonia

Wiktionary

  1. Babylon(ProperNoun)

    Capital of Babylonia in the 2nd and 1st century BC.

  2. Babylon(ProperNoun)

    Any city of great wealth, luxury and vice.

  3. Babylon(ProperNoun)

    Term for the so-called white man's civilization.

  4. Origin: From Babylon, from Βαβυλών, from bāb ili ‘Gate of God’, translation of Sumerian Ka-dingir; the name of the ancient Chaldean capital and Biblical city of the Apocalypse.

Freebase

  1. Babylon

    Babylon was an Akkadian city-state of ancient Mesopotamia, the remains of which are found in present-day Hillah, Babylon Province, Iraq, about 85 kilometres south of Baghdad. All that remains of the original ancient famed city of Babylon today is a large mound, or tell, of broken mud-brick buildings and debris in the fertile Mesopotamian plain between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. The city itself was built upon the Euphrates, and divided in equal parts along its left and right banks, with steep embankments to contain the river's seasonal floods. Available historical resources suggest that Babylon was at first a small town which had sprung up by the beginning of the 3rd millennium BC. The town flourished and attained independence with the rise of the First Amorite Babylonian Dynasty in 1894 BC. Claiming to be the successor of the ancient city of Eridu, Babylon eclipsed Nippur as the "holy city" of Mesopotamia around the time an Amorite king named Hammurabi first created the short lived Babylonian Empire; this quickly dissolved upon his death and Babylon spent long periods under Assyrian, Kassite and Elamite domination. Babylon again became the seat of the Neo-Babylonian Empire from 608 to 539 BC which was founded by Chaldeans and whose last king was an Assyrian. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. After the fall of Babylon it came under the rules of the Achaemenid, Seleucid, Parthian, Roman and Sassanid empires.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Babylon

    the capital city of Babylonia, one of the richest and most magnificent cities of the East, the gigantic walls and hanging gardens of which were classed among the seven wonders of the world; was taken, according to tradition, by Cyrus in 538 B.C., by diverting out of their channel the waters of the Euphrates, which flowed through it and by Darius in 519 B.C., through the self-sacrifice of Zophyrus. The name was often metaphorically applied to Rome by the early Christians, and is to-day to great centres of population, such as London, where the overcrowding, the accumulation of material wealth, and the so-called refinements of civilisation, are conceived to have a corrupting effect on the religion and morals of the inhabitants.


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