The ziggurat, the "Tongue Tower," today one of the most vividly identifiable surviving ziggurats, is identified in the later Talmudic and Arabic culture with the Tower of Babel. However, modern scholarship concludes that the Sumero-Akkadian builders of the Ziggurat in reality erected it as a religious edifice in honor of the local god Nabu, the "son" of Babylon's Marduk, as would be appropriate for Babylon's lesser sister-city. Modern Biris Namrud, Babil governorate, Iraq
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