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(584) Semiramis

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Discovered 1906 Jan. 15 by A. Kopff at Heidelberg.

Named for the mythical Assyrian queen, wife of Ninus, founder of Niniveh, whom she succeeded as ruler. She was famed for her beauty, wisdom, and voluptuousness. She is said to have built Babylon with

its hanging gardens and many other cities. Semiramis conquered Egypt and much of Asia and Ethiopia and unsuccessfully attacked India. She was queen of Babylon during the days of Pyramus and Thisbe {see planet  (88)}. (Z 237)

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