Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

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A delightful illustrated introduction to the greatest achievements of the ancient world and published in cooperation with the British Museum, The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World is a fascinating look at the ancient technological marvels that continue to captivate children and adults today.
Each chapter focuses on a specific monument and contains a short history of the civilization that built it; how the monument was likely used; a description of its structure; how it has ...
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A delightful illustrated introduction to the greatest achievements of the ancient world and published in cooperation with the British Museum, The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World is a fascinating look at the ancient technological marvels that continue to captivate children and adults today.
Each chapter focuses on a specific monument and contains a short history of the civilization that built it; how the monument was likely used; a description of its structure; how it has inspired great structures of our own age (e.g., I. M. Pei's Louvre pyramid); how the building was likely engineered; and its known or theorized fate. Artifacts and tools, period drawings and paintings, contemporary plans, and photographs of archaeologists at work round out this remarkable look at the most splendid and ambitious accomplishments from the greatest civilizations of the ancient world, which include:
· Pyramids at Giza in Egypt
· Statue of Zeus at Olympia in Greece
· Hanging Gardens of Babylon in Babylonia/Mesopotamia
· Temple of Artemis at Ephesus in Greece
· Mausoleum of Halicarnassus in Persia
· Colossus of Rhodes in Greece
· Lighthouse at Alexandria (Greece/Egypt)

Describes the architectural achievements of the ancient world known as the Seven Wonders of the World: the Pyramids at Giza, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, and the Colossus of Rhodes.

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The Washington Post
With the British Museum's help, Diana Bentley has produced a sprightly, well-illustrated introduction to each marvel, how it was built and used, and what scholars think happened to it. (Only the pyramids still stand.) She also shows how much some newer wonders -- I.M. Pei's Louvre pyramid, the Statue of Liberty, the gardens of Isola Bella -- owe to these ancient models. — Elizabeth Ward
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-An excellent introduction, beginning with an explanation of how the list came to be. The book features four information-packed pages on each entry: the Pyramids at Giza, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, and the Colossus of Rhodes. Only the Pyramids at Giza still stand, but the book is filled with watercolors of the wonders, photographs of artifacts relating to the sites, maps, and diagrams showing how the various structures may have been built. The text makes liberal use of quotes from contemporary sources, illustrating how historians have learned what we know about the ancient world. An appropriate sense of awe pervades the clear, straightforward prose. The book's true strength, however, is in its ability to contextualize the ancient wonders for today's children; each entry includes a section comparing the work to its modern counterparts (for instance, the Colossus of Rhodes to the Statue of Liberty). A fascinating look at a fascinating topic.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbia Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195219142
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/23/2002
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Author of more than 100 books, Diana Bentley is the coauthor of Greek and Roman Times, The Middle Ages, The Renaissance, and Prehistoric Times (Firefly). Sarah Warburton has illustrated numerous works of fiction (including The Scary Monster Clean Up Gang by Anne Lewis, 1999) and nonfiction.

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