The ancient Greeks loved to compile
lists of the marvellous structures in their world. Though we think of the
Seven Wonders of the Ancient World as a single list today, there were
actually a number of lists compiled by different Greek writers. Antipater of
Sidon, and Philon of Byzantium, drew up two of the most well-known
lists. Many of the lists agreed on six of the seven items.
place on some lists was awarded to the Walls of the City of Babylon. On
others, the Palace of Cyrus, king of Persia took the seventh position.
Finally, toward the 6th century A.D., the final item became the Lighthouse
at Alexandria. Since the it was Greeks who made the lists it is not unusual
that many of the items on them were examples of Greek culture.
writers might have listed the Great Wall of China if then had known
about it, or Stonehenge if they'd seen it, but these places were beyond
the limits of their world. It is a surprise to most people to learn that not
all the Seven Wonders existed at the same time. Even if you lived in ancient
times you would have still needed a time machine to see all seven.
While the Great Pyramids of Egypt was built centuries before the rest
and is still around today (it is the only "wonder" still intact) most of the
others only survived a few hundred years or less. The Colossus of Rhodes
stood only a little more than half a century before an earthquake toppled
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