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Greek form of Akkadian Babili
, which is of uncertain meaning. It is often explained as meaning "gateway of God", from Akkadian babu
"gate" and ilu
"God", though it may in fact derive from a non-Semitic language. This was the name of a major city in ancient Mesopotamia, the capital of the Babylonian Empire. It was located in present-day Iraq.