Take this, David Letterman and your top 10 lists. We can do our list in seven: the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. So fire up your imagination and we’ll check it out today on Engineering Works!
In any list of lists, the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World stand pretty near the top. These marvels were all built thousands of years ago, but engineers today would be proud of them.
Let’s start with the Great Pyramid of Cheops. It is great, as in big; tall as a 40-story building; two-and-a-half football fields on each side, it covers 350 city blocks. And get this: all four sides are within half an inch of being exactly the same length. And it was built more than 4,500 years ago.
The Colossus of Rhodes: 110 feet of bronze on the Greek island of Rhodes. An earthquake knocked the statue down 50 years after it was built, but tourists kept coming to see the wreckage for a thousand years.
King Mausollos of Halicarnassus built a huge fancy tomb for himself. He’s gone and so is his tomb, but he added a word to our language – mausoleum.
The Lighthouse of Alexandria on Pharos Island stood for more than 1,500 years, until late in the 1600s. It was so wonderful that the name of the island came to mean lighthouse in French, Italian and Spanish. You can look it up.
The other wonders? Well, there’s the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, built about 800 BC in what’s now Iraq. The statue of Zeus presided over the early Olympic games in Greece. And the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus in today’s Turkey.
Who knows what folks 5,000 years from now will call our seven wonders? Write and let us know.