Babylonia was an ancient state and cultural area based in central-southern Mesopotamia, present-day Iraq.


In the 6th century BCE, Pythagoras and his protege, Kyros of Zarax, traveled through the ancient cities of Babylonia in Pythagoras' quest for knowledge.[1]

By the 5th century BCE, Babylonia had been absorbed into the Achaemenid Empire. Emperor Xerxes I, with the aid of the Persian Templars, suppressed revolts in the city of Babylon.[2]

In the 4th century BCE, Babylonia was conquered by Alexander the Great, who used a Staff of Eden given to him by the Templars to create one of the largest empires in history.[3] In 323 BCE, the Babylonian Assassin Iltani, realizing that she would not be able to take Alexander out through force, set out to find an Achaemenid alchemist, hoping to expand her knowledge of poisons. After a perilous journey, she arrived in Babylon, where she found the alchemist and learned his secrets.[4]

On 13 June, 323 BCE, Iltani infiltrated the palace of Nebuchadnezzar II in Babylon, where Alexander was residing, poisoned him and retrieved the Staff. Soon afterwards, Alexander's empire began to crumble.[5]