An ancient Greek historian named Diodorus Siculus once wrote about a massive obelisk in Babylonia. He called it one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. What happened to it?
Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: The Lost Obelisk of Babylonia?
From 60 to 30 BC, Diodorus wrote his Bibliotheca historica, a gigantic forty-book collection of history compiled from multiple sources. Unfortunately, many of the volumes have been lost to time. However, Books 1-5 as well as Books 11-20 still exist. It is in Book 2 that he mentions the seven wonders of the ancient world. The Lost Obelisk is one of those wonders.
“Semiramis quarried out a stone from the mountains of Armenia which was one hundred and thirty feet long and twenty-five feet wide and thick; and this she hauled by means of many multitudes of yokes of mules and oxen to the river and there loaded it on a raft, on which she brought it down the stream to Babylonia; she then set it up beside the most famous street, an astonishing sight to all who passed by. And this stone is called by some an obelisk from its shape, and they number it among the seven wonders of the world.” ~ Diodorus Siculus, Bibliotheca historica, Book 2, Chapter II, Verses 4-5
Semiramis is the Greek name for Shammuramat, who served as regent of Assyria from 810 to 806 BC. However, for the ancient Greeks, Semiramis was shrouded in mythology. According to Diodorus, she was the daughter of the fish goddess Derketo and a mortal man. He describes her as being married to King Ninus, who is notably absent from the Assyrian King List.
So, any stories about Semiramis are obviously in question. However, that doesn’t mean the Lost Obelisk wasn’t real or that it wasn’t once considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. For example, Diodorus attributes the very real Behistun Inscription of Darius to Semiramis. So, it’s entirely possible Diodorus or one of his sources saw the Lost Obelisk and misattributed it.
Guerrilla Explorer’s Analysis
Interestingly enough, the Lost Obelisk makes an appearance in The David Icke Guide to the Global Conspiracy (and how to end it). Here’s the relevant passage:
“The ancient Greek historian, Diodorus, reports that Queen Semiramis erected a 130-foot obelisk in Babylon and it was associated with Sun worship and represented the phallus of the Sun god Baal/Nimrod. Some Masonic researchers say that the word ‘obelisk’ literally means ‘Baal’s shaft’ or ‘Baal’s organ of reproduction’.” ~ David Icke, The David Icke Guide to the Global Conspiracy (and how to end it)
Icke goes on to say, “It is for this reason that the obelisk also represents the Reptilian hybrid bloodlines which are, let’s be honest, a bunch of dicks.” For those of you are unfamiliar with him, David Icke believes humanity is controlled by a secret group of reptilian humanoids which he calls the Babylonian Brotherhood. So, yeah…
Sadly, no physical evidence of the Lost Obelisk remains today. And as far as I know, its not specifically mentioned in any other ancient text from that time period. Hopefully, it’s still out there somewhere, waiting for the intrepid archaeologist to dig it up.