Ancient Wonders


Who allocated the Ancient Wonders, those edifices so inspiring as to be deigned the most magnificent in the world? Thereafter, what are they? Where are they? Iris Volant and Avalon Nuovo lead readers around the world to wonder upon each. Readers are invited to visit a further few alongside the magic seven.

We begin with the Great Pyramid of Giza ‘built four and a half thousand years ago, and the only one that still exists today‘. Why was it built and how? These were times well before modern planning and construction, let alone wheels! We turn to Stonehenge, after the Great Pyramid and before the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. These were described by ‘historians and writers who had never actually laid eyes on the gardens themselves‘!

The Banaue Rice Terraces of the Philippines and The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus continue our journey, before the Eloora Caves in western India and The Statue of Zeus at Olympia. Thereafter, we wonder upon The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus and Emperor Qin’s Terracotta Army. The Colossus of Rhodes, the Nazca Lines of the Peruvian Desert and the Lighthouse of Alexandria conclude our journey.

Each wonder’s location, likely construction date and description is included within splendid illustrations and snippets of incidental information. We are entranced. Ancient Wonders is a magnificent title, painstakingly researched, formed and presented. This book fulfils any reading need or interest, whether as a title for home, or school.

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Ancient Wonders

Iris Volant & Avalon Nuovo

(Flying Eye Books)– hardback

What are the Ancient Wonders? Thereafter, who decided upon them? Could there be other edifices and sites that might be included?
Iris Volant and Avalon Nuovo lead readers around the world and through history in a superb account of the wonders of the world. We begin with the Great Pyramid of Giza and conclude in 331 BC and the Lighthouse of Alexandria. Along the way we contemplate the reason for building and the likely methods and materials of construction. We learn of the possible reasons for loss or disappearance. Furthermore, we consider how stories built around certain places, like the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, supposed to replicate the Garden of Eden.
The additional inclusions such as Philippine Banaue Rice Terraces are fascinating and valuable. To consider people of more than 2,000 years ago carving and moulding mountainsides of rice paddies is mind boggling!
Ancient Wonders is like a travelogue. It feels like we’re exploring places of mystery and magic. In addition, the information is accessible, readable and beautifully illustrated, as in Iris Volant’s Under the Canopy. Thereafter, by formatting it in a sequenced order, including a timeline and index, there is a greater authenticity and impact.


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