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Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

Recent campaigns to name seven new wonders of the world has brought attention to the numerous listings of seven wonders of natural, engineering, ancient and contemporary monuments. The list that is best known today is the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The list was compiled during the Middle Ages. It includes:

This guide provides resources for the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, which will be referred to here collectively as the canon or the monuments, and individually by name or as the monument.


Reference Sources

These resources are available in the library, but cannot be checked out. An "R" in front of the Call Number indicates that it can be found in the Reference section, and a "JR" indicates that it can be found in the Juvenile Reference section.

reference A Guide to the Ancient World : A Dictionary of Classical Place Names
Available at Headquarters Library only.
Call Number: R 913.8 GRANT, MICHAEL

reference Academic American Encyclopedia
Call Number: R 030

reference Encyclopedia Americana
Call Number: JR 030 ENC

reference New Encyclopaedia Britannica
Call Number: R 030 NEW

reference The New Book of Knowledge
Call Number: JR 031 NEW

reference The World Book Encyclopedia
Also available in Spanish at SPA JR 036.1 WORLD.
Call Number: R 031 WORLD

Sources Available for Checkout

Location key: HQ: Headquarters Library; FP:Forest Park Branch; JO: Jonesboro Branch; LJ: Lovejoy Branch; MO: Morrow Branch; RI: Riverdale Branch

book Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
Shows the monuments in scale with modern structures. Gr. 3-6. Review in PINES catalog.
Author: Lynn Curlee
Call Number: J 709.01 Curlee, Lynn (LJ)

book The Decline and Fall of Ancient Greece
The Colossus of Rhodes: Makes brief mention in context of the visual art of the Hellenistic period (p. 161).
Author: Don Nardo
Call Number: 938 Decline (HQ, FP, JO, LJ, MO, RI)

other The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
Questar Home Video, c1990. Videocassette, 60 min. Philo of Byzantium, approximately 2,000 years ago, compiled a list of two statues, a temple, a roof-top garden, two tombs, and a lighthouse. Ancient Romans considered these to be the seven great man-made wonders of the world. This video reveals the story behind each monument.
Author: Rolf Forsberg
Call Number: 910.4 Questar Video (HQ, MO, RI)

other The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
Questar, c2000. Video cassette, 77 min. Narrated by Pierce Brosnan, takes a look at each of the monuments, as well as seven alternate wonders.
Call Number: J 722 Seven (LJ)

book The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
Describes the architectural achievements of the ancient world known as the Seven Wonders of the World: the Pyramids at Giza, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, and the Colossus of Rhodes. Review in PINES catalog.
Author: Diana Bentley
Call Number: J 722 Bentley, Diana (LJ)

book The Seventy Wonders of the Ancient World
Contains a chapter devoted to the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, with photos and artist renderings of the monuments, remains and artifacts. (p. 18-47) Review in PINES catalog.
Author: Christopher Scarre
Call Number: 930 Seventy (HQ, FP, LJ, MO, RI)

book Wonders of the World
An article on the Great Pyramids (The Pyramids) (p. 67)
Author: Ronald W. Clark
Call Number: 001.94 Clark, Ronald William (HQ, MO)

Online Sources Available Through the Library

These resources are available online through the library's website. A Clayton County library card number and/or a password may be required.

galileo Academic Search Complete
Includes more than more than 5,300 full-text journals and magazines on a wide variety of topics. A useful starting point for most subjects. (GALILEO Password Required)

galileo Kids Search
Designed especially for students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. (GALILEO Password Required)

Web Sites

Due to the sheer number of web sites referencing the seven wonders, the resources listed below are those that contain significantly relevant information and unique features that may aid research or be of interest.

Web Sites: The Monuments

web Howard Hillman Seven Wonders of the World
Traveler Howard Hillman's perspective of the monuments as a visitor to the sites. Along with factoids on each monument, Hillman presents a list of flaws in the canon itself.

web Internet Public Library
Seven Wonders of the World - A page from IPL's Frequently Asked Reference Questions features several seven wonders lists with links to other seven wonders sites.

web NOVA Online: Seven Wonders: Get Clued In
A subsection of Nova (PBS series) episode Treasures on the Sunken City. Features a quiz on naming the monuments using Science, Geography and History clues.

web The Unmuseum: Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
A Time Traveller Tour of the monuments. Artist renderings can be seen in 3D with special glasses.

web Wikipedia: Seven Wonders of the World
Although not a definitive source , Wikipedia, a collaborative encyclopedia provides a useful introduction to many topics. We suggest using it with caution and items listed as fact should be verified in other reputable sources. The Wikipedia entry includes the new Seven Wonders of the world lists compiled by USA Today and ABC's Good Morning America in November 2006 and the New Open World Corporation in July 2007.

Web Sites: Colossus of Rhodes aka Helios of Rhodes

web RhodesGuide.com
History of the monument from the Rhodes, Greece travel guide.

web The Search for the Colossus of Rhodes
Present day pictures of the harbor where the monument once stood.

Web Sites: Great Pyramid of Giza aka Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops)

web Great Pyramid of Giza Research Association
The world's largest research association and leading web site for information on the Great Pyramid of Giza. Features include general and research articles and message board.

web Mystic Places: The Great Pyramid
Detailed geographic, geologic and geometric information on the monument. Included satellite images.

web NOVA Online: Pyramids : The Inside Story
Companion web site of the NOVA (PBS series) episode This Old Pyramid. Explore the pyramids through Quicktime movies, cross sections of pyramids, history of Giza and exploration efforts, maps and episode transcript.

web Pyramids of Giza
From Crystalinks Metaphysical and Science website. Detailed schematics, statistics and maps of the monument, as well as information on the other two pyramids in the Giza pyramid complex. Also, links to pyramid structures around the world.

web The Search for Ancient Egypt
From Wynkyn's World. Present day picture of the monument and a passageway to the burial chamber.

Web Sites: Hanging Gardens of Babylon

web The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
From Social Studies for Kids. Explores evidence that suggests the existence of the monument.

web WorldWander to the WorldWonders
From Worldwander.com. Computer generated artist conception of the monument.

Web Sites: Lighthouse at Alexandra aka Pharos Lighthouse

web NOVA Online: Treasures of the Sunken City
Companion web site of the NOVA (PBS series) episode Treasures of the Sunken City, which chronicles the underwater discovery of the monument. Features maps, an interview with archaeologist Jean Yves Empereur who found the monument, video clips from the episode and transcript of the episode.

web Pharos Lighthouse of Alexandria
Detailed history of the monument, with links to related historical figures and places.

web Underwater Archaeological Investigations of the Ancient Pharos
From Unesco.org. Paper by archaeologist Jean Yves Empereur detailing the exploration and excavation of the monument site.

Web Sites: Mausoleum at Halicarnassus aka Mausoleum of Maussollos

web Bill Thayer's Web Site
E-text of 1908 article The Tomb of Mausolus by W.R. Lathaby

web Livius Picture Archive
The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus - Pictures of artifacts from the monument.

web Mausoleum of Halicarnassus
From Bodrumpages.com. Collection of articles on the monument and related historical figures. Mausoleum of Maussollos.

Web Sites: Statue of Zeus at Olympia

web A Wonder to Behold : The Statue of Olympian Zeus
A paper by a Tufts University student outlining the history of the monument with sources listed.

web Search for Olympia
A picture of the site and remains of the monument.

web The Colossal Zeus Statue of Pheidias
Descriptions of the monument, chiefly by Pausanias, with pictures of artifacts and an archaeological excavation.

Web Sites: Temple of Artemis at Ephesus

web Bill Thayer's Web Site
E-text of 1908 article "Diana's Temple at Ephesus" by W.R. Lathaby.

web Myth Man's Homework Help Center : Artemis
Mythology of Artemis and brief history of the monument.

web Temple of Artemis, Ephesus
From Sacred Destinations Travel Guide. Mythology of Artemis, history and description of the monument with pictures of artifacts and remains.

Maps and Visual Tools

web Seven Wonders of the Ancient World Map and Information Page


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