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Semiramis

Semiramis sĕmĭr´əmĭs [key], mythical Assyrian queen, noted for her beauty and wisdom. She was reputed to have conquered many lands and founded the city of Babylon. After a long and prosperous reign she vanished from earth in the shape of a dove and was thereafter worshiped as a deity, acquiring many of the characteristics of the goddess Ishtar . The historical figure behind this legend is probably Sammuramat, who acted as regent of Assyria from 810 to 805 BC

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