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Seven Ancient Wonders
Mausoleum of Halicarnassus. Tomb of Mausolus built by his widow in the 4th century BC. It was destroyed by an earthquake before the 15th century.
Statue of Zeus at Olympia.
Lighthouse . Constructed c.270 BC, it is the world's first known lighthouse, at the entrance of Alexandria Harbour in Egypt. It was 122 m (400 ft) high and was in ruins by the 15th century.
Phidias. This wonder was designed by Athens sculptor Phidias and built in the 5th century BC. It was a 9 m (30 ft) high wooden statue of Greek god Zeus covered with gold and ivory. (Note: other sources report it as being 40-44 ft, or various other measurements)
The sun god Helios. Built in c.305-292 BC, the Colossus of Rhodes was a 32 m (105 ft) high bronze statue of the sun god Helios. It was destroyed by an eartquake in 224 BC.
Nebuchadnezzar II. Constructed in the 6th century BC, it was a series of terraces of trees and flowers along the banks of the Euphrates.
|Which wonder was rebuilt in the 4th century BC but destroyed by the Goths in the 3rd century AD?||Seven Ancient Wonders
Temple of Artemis at Ephesus. The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus in Asia Minor was built in the 6th century BC. It was a marble temple in honor of the goddess Artemis and of the moon.
Great Pyramid of Giza. The Egyptian Pyramids were built over 4000 years ago and served as tombs for the Egyptian pharaohs. Believed to have been completed in 2560 BC, the Great Pyramid of Giza (also known as the Pyramid of Khufu and the Pyramid of Cheops) is the only surviving of the seven ancient wonders. It stood as the world's tallest man-made structure for more than 3,800 years.
The emperor's tomb. There are over 5,000 terra-cotta soldiers.
ants. After the ant's bite clamps the wound, the body was seperated from the head.
honey. Honey has since been found to be a potent killer of bacteria.
beer. A 5,400 year-old brewery was found on the banks of the Nile.
9,000. 5,000 in just one day! Very brutal people.
Sumer. Originally founded for teaching script to wealthy children to prepare them for careers as scribes.
|What institution, thought to be built near the end of the 4th century b.c., held almost all the knowledge of that time?||Wonders Of The Ancient World
The Alexandria Library. At it's height, it held 300,000-500,000 volumes of work.
|In the first century AD the Romans had already built 50,000 miles of paved roads. How many miles will the U.S. Interstate Highway System emcompass when complete?||Ancient Wonders 2
42,000. They were built to be so durable that some are still in use today.
|What is the only wonder left today of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World?||Ancient Wonders 2
|On one of the Great Pyramid's myriad stones is a hieroglyph which translates to what?||Ancient Wonders 2
This end up. One of the oddest hieroglyphs discovered.
it burst into flame on contact with water. It was very noisy and showered fire on their enemies. Today's chemists can only guess at the formula. They believe it to be petroleum, sulphur, nitrates, lime, bones, and maybe even urine.
|What was the cup given to the Emperor Tiberius in the first century AD by a metalworker thought to be made of?||Ancient Wonders 2
aluminum. Reported to look like silver but lighter, it did not break when dropped on the floor but dented instead and could be repaired with a hammer.
a pottery bottle with a screw top. Before this find, it was believed that threaded screws were on Old World invention.
An almanac. It started in China as a calendar and evolved into the modern almanac.
abacus. A crude form is still in use today in the Far East.
|What concept, probably discovered by the Babylonians in the first millennium BC is crucial to technology, computation, and advanced mathematics?||Ancient Wonders 2
zero. The Babylonians, Chinese, Maya and Indians all developed this concept independently.
Ptolemy I. It had a university attached to it where students studied engineering, physics, medicine, mathematics, biology, astronomy, philosophy, and literature.
Mayan. The Mayan calendar had 365.2420 days. The modern Gregorian calendar has 365.2425 days. Actual duration of a year is 365.2422 days.
|In ancient India, what was amputated as a form of punishment for theft, adultery and many other acts?||Ancient Wonders 2
nose . An amputated nose looked hideous. The nose was the Indian symbol for one's reputation. Thus the person 'lost face' and was publicly outcast.
|What is the ancient practice of cutting out a a rectangular hole in the skull as a medical treatment called?||Ancient Wonders 2
trepanning. Believed to be a treatment for relieving swelling on the brain, as in a head injury.