Life: The Seven Wonders of the World: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow by Editors of Life, Of Life Editors
Around the second century B.C., in the Palestinian city of Sidon, there was a man named Antipater. He was the Baedeker of antiquity, as he compiled a list of mustsees for the travelers of old. He settled on the sacred number of seven as a good parameter for his list. He did not discriminate geographically: one of his wonders was in Europe, three in Asia, two in Africa and one on an island in the sea. Their construction spanned nearly 3,000 years, and they were all, indeed, constructions. They were:
1. The Great Pyramid of Khufu, built about 2,900 B.C or earlier (or, in some accounts detailing Antipater's list, all of the pyramids with or without the Sphinx). 2. The Walls of Babylon (gardens), dating from between 605 and 562 B.C. 3. The Statue of the Olympian Zeus, made by Phidias between 470 and 462 B.C. 4. The Temple of Diana (Artemision) at Ephesus, approximately 356 B.C. 5. The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, the tomb of King Mausolus, from about 353 B.C. 6. The Colossus of Rhodes, from about 280 B.C. 7. The Pharos of Alexandria, from about 247 B.C.
LIFE revisits the sites of the magnificent seven and then updates the list. Should the Terra Cotta soldiers of China make the top seven now that they have been found. Stonehenge? The faces of Easter Island? This book answers all.