Amytis of Media
Hanging Gardens of Babylon
Amytis' homesickness for the forested mountains of the Median Empire led to the construction of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, as Nebuchadnezzar attempted to please her by planting the trees and plants of her homeland. Recent evidence suggests that the garden was more likely built by an Assyrian King Sennacherib in Nineveh.
The Median and Persian female name Amytis, attested only in the Greek form A´mytis, which perhaps may reflect (with vowel metathesis) an Old Persian *Umati- (equivalent to Avestan humaiti), "having good thought".
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