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Sun of the Gods Gate

a Pleiades place resource

Creators: Jamie Novotny Copyright © The Contributors. Sharing and remixing permitted under terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (cc-by).
Last modified Jan 29, 2021 10:39 AM History
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The Neo-Babylonian kings Nabopolassar (r. 625–605 BC) and Nebuchadnezzar II (r. 604–562 BC) constructed an outer wall around the eastern side of Babylon. That mudbrick wall is reported to have had 120 towers and 5 entrances, including the Sun of the Gods Gate. This access point to the city was probably located on the southern stretch of the wall.

https://pleiades.stoa.org/places/124694416

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unlocated, gate (of a city), city gate

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According to a text that might have been drawn up as an aide-memoire for Nebuchadnezzar II, the Babylonian king who completed the outer eastern wall of Babylon, the Sun of the Gods Gate is the fourth of the five gates and, presumably, the easternmost on the southern stretch of wall. The “City Walls of Babylon C” text records that there were twenty-three towers between it and the Giššu Gate (to the northeast) and thirty between it and the Seashore Gate (to the west).


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Jamie Novotny, 'Sun of the Gods Gate: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2021 <https://pleiades.stoa.org/places/124694416> [accessed: 06 March 2021]

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