Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Revising the Seven Wonders of the World.

This news article caught my eye concerning an effort to revise the "Seven Wonders of the Ancient World" into a list of wonders that actually exist in today's world. Of the long standing ancient world wonders list, only the Pyramids of Giza in Cairo exists today.

The Burbank Public Library has a few seven wonders related items that you might find of interest.

A DVD, The Seven wonders of the ancient world and a similarly titled video, The Seven wonders of the ancient world from our AV Departments may provide worthwhile viewing. Unfortunately, most of our books concerning the seven ancient wonders are found in our Children's Departments. Included are a couple of books with the same title: The seven wonders of the ancient world. One is by Diana Bentley, another by Lynn Curlee. The adult books do have a few titles that take a bit broader view on the man made wonders concept. Included are a reference book, The seventy wonders of the ancient world : the great monuments and how they were built , a book more narrowly focused upon 19th and early 20th century accomplishments, Dreams of iron and steel : seven wonders of the nineteenth century, from the building of the London sewers to the Panama Canal by Deborah Cadbury and even one book with an underwater view on the topic, Seven underwater wonders of the world by Rick Sammon. All are sure to provoke discussion and provide intriguing reading and watching.

After preparing yourself on the topic, you can view the website for and vote for the new seven wonders list at http://www.new7wonders.com/. I must admit, I am surprised that Mount Rushmore did not make the list of 21 finalists. What do you think?

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