How Much Do You Know About The Wonders of The Ancient World?

By: Isadora Teich

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Long before technology advanced to give us skyscrapers and massive bridges, ancient cultures built marvels of their own. Check your ancient wonders IQ with this HowStuffWorks quiz!

How many wonders of the Ancient World are commonly grouped together?

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient world spanned civilizations. Today, only one of them, The Great Pyramid of Giza, still stands. This is not a complete list of all of the wonders of the ancient world.

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What river was the Lighthouse of Alexandria built next to?

The Lighthouse of Alexandria was in Alexandria, Egypt. It guided ships sailing the Nile River.

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Which is the only of the Seven Wonders you can still visit today?

The Great Pyramid at Giza is the only remaining of the Seven Wonders. It can be found in Egypt.

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One of the Ancient wonders is the Hanging Gardens of __________.

These beautiful gardens may have been created between 605-562 BCE by a Babylonian king for his wife. They have been described as massive climbing terraces containing exotic animals and plants by ancient writers.

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A statue of which god stood at Olympia for centuries?

A 40-foot-tall gold and ivory statue was constructed at the Temple of Zeus in Olympia. It was constructed in the 5th Century BCE.

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The English word mausoleum comes from the _______ of the Persian Satrap Mauslos.

Mauslos' 135-foot tomb was considered to be one of the wonders of the ancient world. The word "mausoleum" is derived from it.

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Where can you see pieces of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus on display today?

In 1846, pieces of the mausoleum were extracted from the castle its ruins had been used to build. They are on display with other relics from Halicarnassus at London's British Museum.

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Why did people stop going to pay tribute to Zeus at the temple that housed his statue?

The Temple at Olympia fell into disrepair after Christianity took hold in Greece. Due to this, the Olympics, idol worship and many of the old ways fell out of favor or were outright banned

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Which wonder lay in ruin for longer than it stood?

This statue of the Greek sun god Helios stood for only 56 years before it was destroyed by an earthquake. The ruins remained a tourist attraction for over 800 years.

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Which Ancient Wonder took over a century to build, but was destroyed in a night?

This temple took over 120 years to build and was destroyed in a night by a man named Herostratus in 356 BCE. He burned it down, hoping to go down in history for destroying something so beautiful.

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Multiple _______ eventually destroyed the Lighthouse of Alexandria.

Earthquakes took down many ancient wonders, from the Gardens of Babylon to the Colossus of Rhodes. This lighthouse withstood a few earthquakes over the centuries before finally collapsing.

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According to legend, what happened to the temple at Olympia after the statue of Zeus was completed within it?

The Athenian sculptor Phidias created and placed his statue of Zeus in the Temple of Zeus at Olympia. Afterward he asked for a sign of Zeus's approval and according to legend, the temple was struck by lightning .

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Alexander the Great was born on the same night as which Ancient Wonder was destroyed?

On July, 356 BCE a man named Herostratus set fire to this temple and burned it down. On the same night, Alexander the Great was born.

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The majority of the Seven Wonders were _________.

All of the Ancient Wonders were either Greek, Egyptian or Babylonian. Three of the seven are Greek buildings or statues.

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What event took place in Olympia, where the statue of Zeus was placed?

The Olympics took place Olympia in Ancient Greece. The statue of Zeus there was created in the mid-5th century BC and stood in the temple in Olympia for more than 800 years.

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How did the Lighthouse of Alexandria cast light?

A giant mirror was used to reflect the sun's rays during the day. At night, the mirror reflected firelight to help guide ships.

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A mausoleum is another word for:

A mausoleum is an ornate tomb where the dead are buried. The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus is considered to be one of the wonders of the ancient world.

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Most of the treasure in the Great Pyramids was:

Archaeologists have found some treasures within the pyramids. However, it is believed that most of it was looted within about 250 years of their construction.

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Persian Satrap Mauslos was buried in the _________ of Hailcarnassus

This grand tomb was designed by Mauslos' loving wife Artemisia, who wanted to make a tomb worthy of him. He died in 353 BCE.

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Can you still see the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus as it was today?

This grand tomb was destroyed by an earthquake and lay in complete ruin for centuries. In 1495, the debris was taken and used to build a castle at Bodrum, which can still be seen to this day.

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The Colossus of Rhodes was a:

The Colossus of Rhodes was a large statue of the Greek god Helios. He was the god of the sun and patron god of the island of Rhodes.

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Who was the Great Pyramid built for?

This pyramid was constructed between 2584 and 2561 BCE for the Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu. It was the tallest man-made structure on earth for nearly 4,000 years.

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Where was the Lighthouse of Alexandria?

The Lighthouse of Alexandria stood on the island of Pharos in Egypt. For this reason, it is sometimes called the Pharos of Alexandria.

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The Lighthouse of Alexandria was one of the tallest manmade structures of the ancient world: True or False?

This lighthouse was roughly 440 feet high. It was the third tallest man made structure in the world.

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The existence of which ancient wonder is controversial?

While some ancient historians speak of the gardens and claim they existed, others do not mention them at all. They are also not mentioned in Babylonian history, which would be very strange for such a magnificent accomplishment.

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The ruins from the Lighthouse of Alexandria were:

Today, the Egyptian Citadel of Qaitbay stands on the site of Pharos. It was built with some of the stones left in the ruins of the lighthouse.

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What damaged or destroyed many of the ancient wonders?

Earthquakes either destroyed many of the ancient wonders, such as the Lighthouse of Alexandria, or played a role in their destruction, like the stolen Statue of Zeus at Olympia. Today, only the Great Pyramid at Giza still stands.

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Who decided on what would be considered an Ancient Wonder?

What was considered an ancient wonder was decided by writers of old, who wrote about seeing them for themselves. People have been arguing about what should be included ever since.

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How many pyramids are there at Giza?

The Great Pyramids of Giza are all that remains of the ancient wonders. The three are Cheops, Khafra and Menkaura.

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Where were the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, supposedly?

These gardens were built near the Euphrates River in modern-day Iraq, according to Ancient Greek poets. However, no first-hand accounts exist of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

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Can you see the Statue of Zeus at Olympia today?

After the temple fell into ruin due to the rise of Christianity, its statue was taken off to Constantinople. It was destroyed by an earthquake there centuries ago.

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When were the ruins of the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus discovered?

Archaeologists began to discover the ruins of the temple in the 1860s. They found pieces of the temple's columns at the bottom the Cayster River.

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The Colossus of Rhodes was the tallest statue of the ancient world: True or False?

This statue of the sun god Helios took over 12 years to build and was 100 feet tall. It was the tallest statue in the ancient world.

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Which of the Ancient wonders was built in a Greek colony?

Ephesos was a Greek colony in present-day Turkey. This grand temple took over a century to build.

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Alexander the Great offered to rebuild which Greek ancient wonder?

This temple was destroyed and rebuilt several times, even though it never quite reached the level of grandness of its first incarnation. Alexander the Great once offered to rebuild it, but the Ephesians refused.

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