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Saturday, 29 December 2018

SEE TOP 7 WONDERS ON EARTH (PHOTOS)

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

The ancient Greeks loved to compile lists of the marvellous structures in their times. Though we think of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World as a single list today, there were actually a number of lists compiled by different Greek writers. Antipater of Sidon, and Philon of Byzantium, drew up two of the most well-known lists. Many of the lists agreed on six of the seven items.

1.Khufu's Great Pyramid(Egypt)



More than any other ancient peoples, the Egyptians seemed to spend the best years of their lives, and certainly their best efforts, in preparation for death. The greatest toil, and the most perfect resting place, went to the pharaoh. It is a splendid tribute to all that industry that the Great Pyramid of the Pharaoh Khufu at Giza near Cairo is the only one of the Seven Wonders of the World that still stands.

2.The Hanging Gardens of Babylon(Iraq)



Six hundred years before the birth of Christ, King Nabopalassar of Babylon was brought the news he had long been waiting for. His army, combined with the Medes, had at last destroyed Nineveh, capital of the brutal Assyrian Empire, and defeated the Assyrian army.

3.The Statue of Zeus at Olympia(Greece)



To the ancient Greeks, no greater god dwelt on sacred Mount Olympus than Zeus. He looked like a man and thought like one; he even had human failings that caused him tiresome domestic problems, but he was the supreme god. Zeus was indeed beloved by all the Greeks.

4.The Temple of Artemis/Diana(Turkey)



Which was the greatest building created by our ancestors? One ancient writer is quite sure. "I have seen the walls and hanging gardens of old Babylon, the statue of Olympian Jove (Zeus), the Colossus of Rhodes, the great labour of the lofty Pyramids, and the ancient tomb of Mausolus," he writes "but when I beheld the temple at Ephesus towering to the clouds, all these other marvels were eclipsed." Another writer, declared that the temple "surpasses every structure raised by human hands."

5.The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus(Turkey)



It seemed to Queen Artemisia that her heart would overflow with sorrow when her husband died. He was a handsome man in the prime of life and - if his portrait is to be believed - a man of quiet dignity. His loss greatly saddened the devoted Artemisia.

6.The Colossus of Rhodes(Greece)



"Few men can clasp the thumb in their arms, and the fingers are larger than most statues. Where the limbs are broken asunder, vast caverns are seen yawning in the interior"

7.The Great Lighthouse at Alexandria(Egypt)



Ships of the ancient world sailing the Mediterranean bound for Alexandria always knew where to find the port. For the Pharos - the amazing lighthouse of Alexandria - was visible from 43 kilometres out at sea.

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