SRC Week 6: History’s Mysteries

Hello everyone, and welcome to week 6 of the Summer Reading Club! This week’s theme is History’s Mysteries, and we are excited to delve into the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World with all of you! 

This week we have two fun pieces of content for you!

  • First, we would like to share some facts about each of the Seven Wonders! Which is your favorite, and why? Let us know at summerreading@tnrd.ca!
  • We have also included an adult coloring illustration of each of the Seven Wonders. See if you find it as therapeutic as we did! 

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World Facts

Image from Shutterstock, https://bit.ly/3jAy4mH, accessed June 22nd, 2021.

 

The Great Pyramid of Giza is both the largest and the oldest of the pyramids that make up the necropolis near Cairo. It was built around roughly 2560 BC.

 

It has been rumoured that The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were built by Nebuchadnezzar II as an attempt to comfort his wife, Amytis, who was missing the plant life of her homeland of Media.

Image from History.com, https://bit.ly/3yhfJzd, assessed June 22nd, 2021.
Image from OrangeSmile, https://bit.ly/3htYOTo, accessed June 22nd, 2021.

The Temple of Artemis was reconstructed three separate times. It’s first demise was by flood in 7th century BC, and its reconstruction was burned down by the fame-hungry Herostratus around 356 BC. The third version was the largest, measuring over 450 feet long, 225 feet wide and 60 feet high with 127+ columns. However, it was ultimately destroyed again as a result of Gothic raids in roughly AD 268.

 

 

The Statue of Zeus at Olympia was created in 432 BC and is made out of ivory and gold-plated bronze. It stands over 12 meters tall.

 

Statue of Zeus at Olympia. 1880 German engraving of people worshipping at the giant statue of Zeus at Olympia, Ancient Greece. This statue was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and stood 12 metres high inside the Temple of Zeus in Olympia. It was carved by the great sculptor Phidias and inlaid with ivory, ebony, gold and precious stones. The Olympic Games are thought to have originated in Olympia in 766 BC and had great religious importance, with contests alternating with sacrifices and ceremonies in honour of the god Zeus.
Image from CCI Archives/Science Photo Library, https://bit.ly/3yeZJOj, accessed June 25th, 2021.
Image from Ferdinand Knab (1886), https://bit.ly/3dA07if, accessed June 24th, 2021.

 

The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus is the final resting place of Mausolos of Caria, a 4th-century BC satrap (regional governor) and his sister/wife Artemisia.

 

The Colossus of Rhodes was built in roughly 290 BC and overlooked the harbor on the Greek island of Rhodes. It was more than 30 meters tall and stood for only 56 years before an earthquake brought it to the ground.

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Image from Tsahizn Tseh, https://bit.ly/2Up3WQY, accessed June 24th, 2021.

 

The Lighthouse of Alexandria was built on the island of Pharos between 270-247 BC. It stood around 130 meters tall and was commissioned by Ptolemy I (a Macedonian successor of Alexander the Great) to help guide sailors into Alexandria’s harbor.

Information sourced from https://bit.ly/3hwxqUB. 

Adult Colouring Sheets

The Great Pyramid of Giza 
Image by Colorator.net, https://bit.ly/3ygLRTx, accessed June 15th, 2021.
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
Image by Colorator.net, https://bit.ly/3ygLRTx, accessed June 15th, 2021.
The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
Image by Colorator.net, https://bit.ly/3ygLRTx, accessed June 15th, 2021.
The Statue of Zeus at Olympia
Image by Colorator.net, https://bit.ly/3ygLRTx, accessed June 15th, 2021.
The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus 
Image by Colorator.net, https://bit.ly/3ygLRTx, accessed June 15th, 2021.
The Colossus of Rhodes
Image by Colorator.net, https://bit.ly/3ygLRTx, accessed June 15th, 2021.
The Lighthouse of Alexandria
Image by Colorator.net, https://bit.ly/3ygLRTx, accessed June 15th, 2021.
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