Seven Ancient Wonders of the World 3
The Seven Wonders of the ancient world have many amazed with their beauty, size, and magnificence. From pyramids, to monuments, and towering statues these are just few of the wonders that have many puzzled. Most question how it was even possible for the wonders to be constructed with the use of modern machines and tools. Also how do we even know all existed; only one of the seven are still standing. Much of what we know comes from texts left behind by historians or images on old coins. The only wonder to be standing today are the Pyramids of Giza. “The Great Pyramid of Giza is the largest pyramid even built in Egypt” (Woods, 2009, p. 8). King Khufu built the Great pyramid at Giza. “Khufu was powerful enough to create a huge army of workers to build a special pyramid” (p. 10). The pharaohs of Egypt had to have a beautiful tomb to bury their treasures of gold and jewels with them. As soon as a king had become a king he had to start building his tomb because it took so many years, workers, and materials. “Most archeologists think laborers used a series of winding ramps to drag the millions of blocks into their final resting places on the pyramids” (2005, Laliberte, p. 13). “The Egyptians would have to use a series of small ramps to keep the heavy building blocks moving toward the section they were working on” (p. 13). The Great Pyramid is unique because it has a very complex design of rooms and passageways. “They (chambers) are aligned toward the constellation Orion and the circumpolar stars so that the dead king’s soul could travel to the stars” (p. 14). “Some Egyptologists think that the pyramids were built to look like a sacred stone called the benben” (Woods, 2009, p. 9). A benben is a hill, the first land to appear at the beginning of time. “The Giza pyramids remain mostly intact except for the tunnels dug by robbers. The only major difference today is that almost all of the white limestone casing is gone”...
References: Laliberte, M. (2005). Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Berkeley Heights: Enslow Publishers, Inc.
Woods, M. (2009). Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Minneapolis: Twenty- First Century Books.
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