'Semiramis, being by nature grandiose and honourably ambitious to surpass in glory her predecessor king, wished to found a city in Babylonia, selecting from everywhere architects and skilled artisans and procuring everything that was needed, assembled from the entire kingdom two million men for the completion of the work. Setting the Euphrates river in the middle of the city, surrounded the city with a wall three hundred and sixty stadia in circumference, as Ctesias of Cnidos says, but according to Cleitarchos and the ones who later on crossed into Asia with Alexander, three hundred and sixty-five stadia; and they added that it was her noble wish to make the number of the stadia the same as the number of days in the year.' From Diodoros' of Sicily Library of History. Book 2:7(2-4).
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