Names of Semiramis
Semiramis - The Wife of Nimrod
is also known under various aliasses,
Allilah or Allah
SHING MOO (sounds like King Ma)
the holy mother in China
was portrayed with a child in her arms
and a glory (halo - nimbus) around her.
Starting from Semiramis on prehistoric worship of Mother alone with all her powers conflated with Universal powers and Earthly and those of all Stars on the sky was started to be seen in sense of usefullness which is true in it's essence but this was a period that will shape destiny of a woman for the future generations more and more as something to be used and abused.
Napoleon said many millenia later that
"women are nothing but machines for producing children"
"Nature intended women to be our slaves. They are our property"
He too is "famous" conqueror.
A legendary Assyrian queen, often identified with Sammu-Ramat, the wife of Shamshi-Adad V, she was believed to be the daughter of the goddess Atargatis. Her youth was filled with mythic adventure, and her otherworldly beauty and voluptuous sexuality ensured her two advantageous marriages. When she took the reins of power of Empress of Assyria, she expanded her kingdom by conquering much of Mesopotamia and Asia. She beautified and revitalized Babylon, and implemented improvements in Nineveh that helped to moderate the flow of the Tigris. She was renowned for her military and political prowess, as well as her ferocious and merciless sexual appetite.
Semiramis and Tammuz
were worshipped as
"Madonna and child."
Nimrod and his mother Semiramis
became the chief entities of worship
as a Madonna and child.
And as the generations passed,
they were worshipped under other
names in different countries and
languages. Many of these are
recognizable - such as -
Fortuna and Jupiter in Rome;
Aphrodite and Adonis in Macedonia
and Ashtoreth/Astarte and
Molech/Baal in Canaan.
Semiramis (Macedonian: Σεμίραμις, Armenian: Շամիրամ Shamiram) was the legendary queen of King Ninus, succeeding him to the throne of
The legends narrated by Diodorus Siculus, Justin and others from Ctesias of Cnidus describe her and her relationship to King Ninus, himself a mythical king of Assyria, not attested in the Assyrian King List.
The name of Semiramis came to be applied to various monuments in Western Asia and
Asia Minor, the origin of which was forgotten or unknown.
Nearly every stupendous work of antiquity by the Euphrates or in Iran seems to
have ultimately been ascribed to her, even the Behistun Inscription of Darius.
Herodotus ascribes to her the artificial banks that confined the Euphrates and
knows her name as borne by a gate of .
However, Diodorus stresses that the Hanging Gardens of Babylon were built long
after Semiramis had reigned and not in her time. Babylon
Various places in Assyria and throughout Mesopotamia as a whole, Media, Persia, the Levant, Asia Minor, Arabia and the Caucasus bore the name of Semiramis, but slightly changed, even in the Middle Ages, and an old name of the city of Van was Shamiramagerd (in Armenian it means created by Semiramis).
A real and historical Shammuramat (the Akkadian and Aramaic form of the name) was the Assyrian queen of Shamshi-Adad V (ruled 824 BC–811 BC), king of Assyria and ruler of the Neo Assyrian Empire, and its regent for four years until her son Adad-nirari III came of age.
The indigenous Assyrians of Iraq, northeast
, southeast Syria
and northwest Turkey still use the
Semiramis as a name for female children. Iran
According to the legend as related by Diodorus, Semiramis was of noble parents, the daughter of the fish-goddess Derketo of Ascalon in
and a mortal. Derketo abandoned her at birth and drowned herself. Doves fed the
child until Simmas, the royal shepherd, found and raised her. Syria
She then married Onnes or Menones, one of Ninus' generals. Ninus was so struck by her bravery at the capture of
that he married her, forcing Onnes to commit suicide. Bactra
She and Ninus had a son named Ninyas. After King Ninus conquered
, including the Bactrians, he was
fatally wounded by an arrow. Semiramis then masqueraded as her son and tricked
her late husband's army into following her instructions because they thought
these came from their new ruler. After Ninus's death she reigned as queen
regnant for 42 years, conquering much of Asia . Asia
She restored ancient
and protected it with a high brick wall that completely surrounded the city.
Then she built several palaces in Babylon , including Persia .
Diodorus also attributes the Behistun inscription to her, now known to have
been done under Darius I of Ecbatana . She not
only reigned Asia effectively but also added Persia
and Aethiopia to the empire. She then went to war with king Stabrobates of
India, having her artisans create an army of false elephants to deceive the
Indians into thinking she had acquired real elephants. This succeeded at first,
but then she was wounded in the counterattack and her army again retreated west
of the Libya Indus.
While the achievements of Semiramis are clearly in the realm of mythical Greek historiography, the historical Assyrian queen Shammuramat (Semiramis), wife of Shamshi-Adad V of
certainly existed. After her husband's death, she served as regent from 810 -
806 BC for her son, Adad-nirari III. Assyria
Shammuramat would have thus been briefly in control of the vast Neo Assyrian Empire, which 150 years later stretched from the Caucasus Mountains in the north to the Arabian Peninsula in the south, and western
in the east to Iran
in the west. Cyprus
Approximate area controlled by
in 824 BC (darker green) Assyria
In Shammuramat's time, however, Assyria only ruled over parts of neighboring areas in
Asia Minor and Syria . Iran
Georges Roux speculated that the later Greek and Indo-Iranian (Persian and Median) flavoured myths surrounding Semiramis stem from successful campaigns she waged against these peoples, and the novelty of a woman ruling such an empire. Some authors allow for the possibility of more than one figure named Semiramis.
In later traditions
In The Divine Comedy, Dante sees Semiramis among the souls of the lustful in the
of Hell: Second Circle
And as the cranes go chanting forth their lays,
Making in air a long line of themselves,
So saw I coming, uttering lamentations,
Shadows borne onward by the aforesaid stress.
Whereupon said I: "Master, who are those People, whom the black air so castigates?"
"The first of those, of whom intelligence Thou fain wouldst have", then said he unto me,
"The empress was of many languages. To sensual vices she was so abandoned,
That lustful she made licit in her law,
To remove the blame to which she had been led.
She is Semiramis. . .
She succeeded Ninus, and was his spouse;
She held the land which now the Sultan rules. She married her son after Ninus' death and lived with him.
The Assyrian people indigenous to
, northeast Iraq ,
and northwest Turkey still retain
Semiramis or Shammuramat as a given name for female children to this day. Iran