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The Seven Wonders of the World: A History of the Modern Imagination

by John Romer, Elizabeth Romer

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The "seven wonders of the world" were created in the Hellenistic Age. Dominated by Alexander, mankind began to measure itself in human terms for the first time. Not one of these "wonders" remains for us to examine today, however, remnants do remain. Ancient descriptions and remnant stones are examined to exhume the revenant wonders that served as yardsticks of human achievement 5000 years ago: Pyramids, Mausoleum of Helicarnassus, Temple of Artemesis (Ephasus), the Colossus of Rhodes, the Pharos of Alexandria, the Olympian Zeus, and the Gardens of Babylon. Includes a map, illustrations and beautiful photographs of many objects and landscapes. The authors capture the birth of what they call the "modern imagination". They also analyze the mind of the list-makers who were clearly taking stock of an emergent set of skills. Humanity becomes the wonder. [41] ( )
  keylawk | Jan 13, 2013 |
2914 The Seven Wonders of the World: A History of the Modern Imagination, by John & Elizabeth Romer (read 4 Oct 1996) This is an erudite examination of the ancient wonders. The book is carefully done and told me as much as I need to know about the interesting subjects. Only the Pyramids, of those ancient wonders, still exist. The most recent to disappear was the Pharos (lighthouse) of Alexandria. The Hanging Gardens may not have existed, at least in the form the imagination gives them. ( )
  Schmerguls | Jan 24, 2008 |
Less of an ancient history lesson, more like a modern history of responses to an ancient fantastic tale of seven fantastic buildings or statues. First written by Philo (or Philon if you are not a Latinist), who I knew as a librarian of Alexandria and a precursor to Hero of Alex. in his descriptions of automata and Alexandrian Greek executice toys for the filthy rich to impress their mates with, yet I had no idea that he started the whole seven wonders thing. Some of the wonders, like the Hanging Gardens of babylon Philo had never seen, and Romer examines the extant evidence and concludes that no-one lese did either! Romer then concentrates on how us moderns responded to these legends, and in many cases made up reconstructions based more on the ancient texts than archaelogical evidence.

This is one of those books that once read is immediately put by to be re-read. An excellent set of illustrations as well. Would make a nice coffee table book. Romer also is a funny guy. I remember him on some TV show excavating in Egypt and finding a shrivelled piece of organic debris in a tomb. He shouted, "I've found the Pharoah's dick! Let's give it to an old lady". ( )
  celephicus | Dec 20, 2007 |
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The authors provide historical background, archeological data, and beautiful photographs to describe the ancient seven wonders. They also discuss how modern scholars, and indeed the interested public, have had their imaginations inspired by the amazing art, engineering, and poetry represented by these ancient sites.
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A companion to the major television series, The Seven Wonders of the World tells the stories of the making and unmaking of such ancient marvels as the Egyptian Pyramids, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, and the Colossus of Rhodes. Drawing on history and archaeology, and joining ancient writings to remnant stones and landscapes, the authors have accurately reconstructed each of the original wonders for the modern viewer. Color photos.

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