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Penn Museum: Adam Smith | Great Wonders | The Great Walls of China

Another lecture in The Penn Museum series “Great Wonders” and this time around about the great wonder The Great Walls of China. The lecture is given by Adam Smith. The Great Wall is most familiar to us as the massive masonry fortifications snaking dramatically over the mountains north of Beijing. These were constructed in the …

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Penn Museum: Simon Martin | Great Wonders | Chichen Itza: An Alien City in the Maya Lowlands

This is another lecture in The Penn Museum series “Great Wonders”, this time around about the Chichen Itza, the ancient Mayan city. The lecture is given by Dr. Simon Martin, Associate Curator and Keeper of Collections, American Section at The Penn Museum.  

Penn Museum: Brian Rose | Great Wonders | The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus and its Successors

Each of the “wonders” in the ancient world was intended to symbolize the builder’s political and economic power, and to serve as a template for future monuments to such power. In most cases they succeeded: the statue of Olympian Zeus was used as a model for portraits of Napoleon and George Washington, while the Colossus …

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Penn Museum: Thomas Tartaron | Great Wonders | The Statue of Zeus at Olympia

The Statue of Zeus at Olympia, in southern Greece, was counted as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and was even singled out for the awe it inspired in all who beheld it. It was a monumental work of art ­– more than 40 feet tall, made of gold and ivory over …

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Penn Museum: Jennifer Houser Wegner | Great Wonders | The Lighthouse at Alexandria: The Pharos

Lecture given by Jennifer Houser Wegner, Ph.D., Associate Curator, Egyptian Section. Founded by Alexander the Great in 332 BCE, the city of Alexandria grew to become one of the most important cities in the ancient world. Alexandria was a hub of intellectual, commercial, political and religious activity, and its Mediterranean harbors were bustling centers of …

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Penn Museum: Grant Frame: Great Wonders | Searching for the Hanging Gardens of Babylon

Grant Frame, Ph.D., Associate Curator, Babylonian Section. The Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar II (604–562 BCE) is infamous in the Bible for having destroyed the Temple of Jerusalem in 586. However, he is famous in classical sources for having built the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. During his reign, …

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Clark Erickson: Great Wonders | The Monumental Geoglyphs of Amazonia

Traditionally, the archaeologists have the vast Amazon region of South America to be a cultural backwater compared to the better-known civilizations that developed in the Americas. Scholars stress the limitations of tropical environments and lack of critical technological innovations to sustain civilizations. In recent years, the documentation of intensive agriculture, black earth, managed forests, hydraulic …

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David Silverman: Great Wonders: The Great Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza

Dr. David Silverman, Curator-in-Charge, Penn Museum, Egyptian Section, presents the opening lecture in the Great Wonders Lecture Series. The most recognized of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Giza’s pyramids and Sphinx have fascinated humankind for more than 5,500 years. At 240 feet long and almost 70 feet high, the Sphinx is Egypt’s largest …

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