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The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

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The world is full of beautiful artwork, unbelievable buildings, and remarkable statues. In this day and age, there are countless man-made things that are absolutely amazing. Before industrialization though, these amazing things were much harder to find, but that is not say they did not exist. Some of the most stunning and breathe taking things ever built were before most technology, and machinery, even existed. Similar to present day, individual’s back then loved creating list of awesome things. Nearly 2,500 years ago, this approach inspired a Greek writer, Herodotus, to create one of the most incredible and wondrous lists ever, the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World (Woods 4). This list contains some of the most profound structures ever built.
A few thousand years ago Egypt was a very powerful and wealthy nation. It was during this time the first wonder of the ancient world was created. Under the reign of Pharaoh Khufu, the great pyramid at Giza was constructed to be his tomb (Woods 9). Khufu came into rule about 2,550 B.C, and instantly began the ginormous project of building his pyramid shaped tomb. For a pharaoh, his tomb is beyond just a structure. It is an everlasting memorial that truly depicts a remembrance of their reign. It is a symbolic monument to protect, and preserve their entire life’s work. The most unbelievable thing about this amazing man-made structure is it was built over 4,500 years ago, during a time with basically no technology or machinery. The great pyramid at Giza was precisely pieced together, and took Egyptian workers more than 20 years to build
(Woods 14). This was such an extensive project mainly because most rocks used in the pyramid weighed about 2.5 tons and the pyramid was 481 feet tall and 758...

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...ns were truly marvelous. Similar to the pyramid at Giza, the methods over how the large stones were moved remain unknown. In addition, the irrigation system used to move large amounts of water to the top of the garden were very advanced for the time. The methods used in creating and maintaining this enormous, beautiful garden were intricate and innovative There are many skeptics that say the hanging garden did not exist, but remnants have been found that accurately follow ancient documents. Babylon’s hanging gardens are a true wonder, and are rightly listed as one of the wonders of the ancient world.

Works Cited

Woods Michael, and Mary B. Woods. Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Minneapolis: Twenty-First Century Books, 2008. Print
Cherkin, Caitlin, et al. psu.edu. Web. 19 March. 2014.
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