Until now, I never...
Learned About the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World


Every night these days Nadine and I get cozy in her bed and read the mythology book Miles got for Christmas.  We love it.  She gets excited because it talks about all of the characters she’s been reading about in the Percy Jackson novels she loves.  I love it because Greek mythology is cool, and it brings me back to when I took Latin in school and we learned all about the Greek and Roman gods.  The names are so great – like ‘Aphrodite’ and ‘Persephone’ – so much fun to pronounce!  Anyway…

In the mythology book it mentions briefly the seven wonders of the ancient world, and I realized that I had no idea what they all were, and wanted to know more.  So after saying good-night to Nadine, I got on-line and started reading about the 7 Wonders on Wikipedia.  Di you know that the seven wonders were actually like of list of ‘sights to see’ for ancient travelers.  Who knew?

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World are:

  1. The Great Pyramid of Giza – in Egypt – still standing
  2. Hanging Gardens of Babylon – in Iraq (not sure of exact location) – destroyed by earthquakes
  3. Temple of Artemis at Ephesus – in Turkey – destroyed by arson/plundering
  4. Statue of Zeus at Olympia – in Greece – disassembled then destroyed by fire
  5. Mausoleum at Halicarnassus - in Turkey – destroyed by earthquakes
  6. Collossus of Rhodes (my favorite) – in Greece – destroyed by an earthquake
  7. Lighthouse of Alexandria – in Egypt – destroyed by an earthquake