The Seventy Wonders of the Ancient World

The Seventy Wonders of the Ancient World

The Great Monuments and How They Were Built

Book - 1999
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Baker & Taylor
A survey of the world's great ancient wonders from the Great Temple of the Aztecs, to the Nazca lines of Peru, including answers to how the architecture was created and for what purpose.

Norton Pub
Abu Simbel, Angkor Wat, Petra: today we stand in awe before the great monuments of the past as we wonder who built them and for what purpose. This authoritative and profusely illustrated compendium celebrates the achievements of those ancient builders who created huge and impressive structures without the benefit of modern technology. Expanding upon the theme of the traditional Seven Wonders, The Seventy Wonders of the Ancient World incorporates marvels from around the globe, spanning the centuries from the first stone monuments of the fifth millennium b.c. to the Great Temple of the Aztecs in the sixteenth century a.d. The shaping of the Great Sphinx at Giza, the raising of the stones at Stonehenge, the laying out of the Nazca Lines on the face of the Peruvian desert, or the construction of the Great Wall of China (probably the greatest building project ever attempted in ancient times) are all described and explained in light of the most up-to-date archaeological research. So too are the erection of Egyptian obelisks and Easter Island statues, and the building of Roman roads and Inca bridges. Neglected monuments such as the giant stelae of Aksum or the mountain palace at Sigiriya are set beside the great Baths of Caracalla in Rome and the palace of Persepolis. Packed with factfiles, diagrams, photographs, and newly commissioned perspective views, The Seventy Wonders of the Ancient World provides a testament to the skill of the ancient engineers and architects who created lasting memorials--some for practical ends, others for prestige and propaganda--that have continued to impress successive generations through the ages.

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& Taylor

With 350 stunning illustrations and photographs, this survey of the world's great ancient wonders spans the globe--from the Great Temple of the Aztecs to the Nazca lines of Peru--searching for answers to how this architecture was created, and for what purpose.

Publisher: London : Thames & Hudson, 1999
ISBN: 9780500050965
0500050961
Branch Call Number: 722 Se 1999
Characteristics: 304 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color), portraits ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Scarre, Christopher

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