The Pantheon

Known for its huge dome and the oculus (eye) in the middle of it, the Pantheon is one of Rome’s most wonderful engineering accomplishments. It is also a very well preserved building. In fact, it is the most well preserved building of the classical time period. The Pantheon was first built by Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa. […]

Mohenjo Daro

From 1921 to 1922, excavations in Pakistan revealed two ancient cities, Harappa and Mohenjo Daro, that established our knowledge of the Indus Valley civilization, one of the earliest pioneers of civilization. Mohenjo Daro was likely the biggest settlement in the Indus Valley civilization. It name means “The Mound of the Dead”, since locals thought it […]

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon

All 7 of the commonly known ancient wonders have origin stories, except for the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Experts aren’t exactly sure what it was, how it worked, who created it, or even where it was. The name of the wonder suggests it was in Babylon, but it could also have been in Nineveh. Some […]

The Pharos of Alexandria

Antipater’s list was the based for the modern day “7 Wonders List”. But it was slightly different in that one of the wonders was not the Lighthouse at Alexandria, instead it was the Wall of Babylon. This was because in the 6th century C.E., there was still remains of the lighthouse that amazed people, but the […]

The Great Pyramid of Giza

One of the oldest, probably the oldest ancient wonders in the world is surprisingly still standing today. Some wonders which may have been twice as young have not survived. The Great Pyramid was built as a tomb for the pharaoh Khufu, who lived around 2589 and 2566 B.C.E. So the birth of Jesus is closer […]

The Mausoleum At Halicarnassus

The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus is one of the greatest tombs of all time. A mausoleum is a great tomb, named after King Mausolus of Caria, who was buried in the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus. Yes, we got a word from this tomb: mausoleum. A mausoleum only originally meant “dedicated to Mausolus”. When Mausolus ascended to the […]

Colossus of Rhodes

When Alexander died in 323 B.C.E., the massive Macedonian empire collapsed as generals fought to seize the land. Rhodes had to pick a side. They chose to support Ptolemy, a friend of Alexander’s who controlled Egypt. Another general’s son named Demetrius set out to Rhodes to punish them for supporting Ptolemy. Ptolemy eventually came to […]

Statue of Zeus

This week, I am going to write about another wonder in my book(Ancient Wonders of the World by Justin Pollard), the Statue of Zeus at Olympia. Arguably the greatest Greek sculptor of all time, Phidias, was the sculptor of this wonder. Phidias was born an Athenian and was widely recognized after making many statues in […]

The Roman Colosseum

Recently I have been reading “Wonders of the Ancient World” by Justin Pollard. So I thought I would write about the Roman Colosseum, or by its original name the Flavian Amphitheatre. Yes, it wasn’t until the 2nd century C.E. until it was known as the Colosseum(it was built and completed in the 1st century C.E.). […]