What are the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World?

The Great Pyramid of Giza is the only surviving Wonder of the Ancient World.
The ancient pyramids of Egypt, some dating back nearly 3,000 years, are considered one of the seven wonders of the world.
The Greek historian Herodotus first wrote a list of wonders in 450 BC.
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The seven wonders of the Ancient world are a group of sculpture and architectural wonders that did not coexist. A group of wonders was first listed by the Greek historian Herodotus in his work History in 450 BCE. Various listings propose slightly different choices for the seven wonders, but often the seven wonders included the following:



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@Animandel - If you ever get the chance to visit the pyramids in Egypt you will immediately see why they are thought to be one of the seven ancient wonders of the world. I think you have to stand beside them to fully appreciate their size.

Even with virtually endless slave labor, I find it remarkable that a single one of the structures could have been built. At last count, there were more than 130 known pyramids in Egypt. Some of the treasures buried with the rulers inside the tombs are nearly as impressive as the structures themselves.

Even with all of the tomb robbers, some of the treasures that have been discovered are quite impressive. Hard to believe that the rulers back then could have amassed so much wealth, and that they chose to bury it with them when they died.

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@Animandel - The people who were moving the heavy stones and building the pyramids didn't want the job either, so you have that in common with them. Most of the laborers were slaves and other people at the bottom of the social and economic ladder, so they had no say in whether or not they did the back-breaking work. Common sense tells me that there were not many men volunteering for the work at the time.

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I have only seen the ancient pyramids in pictures and on film, but I am still impressed by their size and by all of the work and planning that must have had to go into them. I wonder just how many man hours were needed to build just one of them.

When you consider that there are well over 100 of the pyramids that have been discovered in Egypt this boggles the mind even more. I wouldn't have wanted the job of building them. After all, there were no modern building tools and machines back then.

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