years ago residential areas in Mesopotamia (nowadays
Iraq) were provided with water through canals between
the Tigris and the Euphrates. Those people built and maintained
an ingenious network of canals and pipes.
origin lay to the south, where the rivers Tigris and Eufrates search
a way to the sea.
That is why this land was called "two stream land", a translation
of the word meso–potamia. About
5000 bC several
Sumerian states fused into Babylon and
Sennacherib (704-681 bC), son of
Sargon II, concurred Juda in 701 bC and destroyed Babylon
in 689 bC.
He left Dur-sharrukin, his father's residence and made
of Ninivé the capital of his Assyrian empire (in 700 bC),
using lots of slaves and servs.
He has constructed amongst others:
* a wall,
double, 25 m high, with 15 gateways (the gate of Nergal
is the finest);
* a canal (15 km long) for water
supply. It is conducted over an aqueduct of 280 m long,
22 m wide. For the construction they used 2 million