THE ANCIENT WORLD AND BEYOND
Stories and Poems about the Ancient World and what came before.
It was in 1701 that King Friedrich the 1st, King of Prussia decided he wanted to have made, as was the fashion amongst the well to do, some kind of curiosity. Something he would be able to show off to other's of the nobility and visiting royalty and other foreign dignitaries.
HYDRA There was a dreadful union between the giant immortal Typhon And the black fearful eyed Echidne, Half serpent, half woman
# 01: THE NEMEAN LION Heracles when driven mad by the goddess Hera Murdered his three children and his wife Megara The Delphic oracle punished him for the murders By ordering him to perform the Twelve Labors
There was a custom in Calydon as there was in many lands That the first fruits of the harvest be sacrificed to the goddess Unfortunately one summer King Oeneus made the mistake
There was a dreadful union Between the giant immortal Typhon And the black fearful eyed Echidne, Half serpent, half woman The terrifying result of this Unnatural union was the Chimaera
The Gorgons The sisters three Sthenno and Euryale Had immortality Medusa by far Was most beautiful But she was Merely mortal The god Poseidon And the lovely Medusa In love, desecrated
The great pyramid of Giza is not only the oldest of the seven wonders but is also the only one to have survived to the present day. It stands near the ancient city of Memphis on the Giza plateau, a necropolis or tract of land used for burials now part of modern Cairo.
I suppose you could say that The Lighthouse of Alexandria is the only one of the seven wonders that had a truly practical use in addition to its having architectural merit as well as being aesthetically pleasing.
James the greater was one of the original twelve disciples chosen by Christ to preach his gospel and it was Jesus who named James and his brother john the sons of thunder because they both struggled to control their tempers.
Long, long ago in an eastern land There did a heathen city stand A city besieged by a malevolent beast Who upon the people's flesh did feast Poisoning victims with rancid breath The dragon then consumed their flesh
Emperor of Rome Diocletian Persecuted people's Christian And in the Roman Empire wide Were the Christian martyrs tried
If you asked anyone to name the seven wonders it is highly unlikely that they will be able to do so, but the majority will manage to name the hanging gardens of Babylon.
The statue of Zeus at Olympia stood in the part of western Greece that gave its name to the Olympic Games and was to build to honor the greatest of the Greek gods. The magnificent temple of Zeus was built around 450 BC and built in the simple Doric style
Nemesis, Greek goddess Of divine retribution And deliverer of vengeance Against acts of hubris
The mausoleum of Halicarnassus like the great pyramid of Giza was the burial place of an ancient king and qualified as one of the seven wonders because like the Temple of Artemis it had great beauty.
The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus was dedicated to the honour of the Greek goddess of hunting, wild nature, and fertility. Ephesus was an ancient city in what is now modern Turkey near to the town of Selcuk.
The Colossus of Rhodes was the youngest of the seven ancient wonders with the 12 year construction being completed in 282 BC. The 110 ft colossus was cast in bronze and stood on a huge white marble plinth on the eastern promontory of the Mandraki harbor by the entrance of the port on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Rhodes and contrary to popular belief the Colossus did not straddle the mouth of the harbor.