World History: Journey Across Time

Chapter 5: Greek Civilization

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"Greek Civilization"

Alexander the Great's conquests helped to spread Greek culture. Hellenistic kings were interested in Greek art and architecture, which conveyed Greek ideas of beauty and harmony. As you've learned in this chapter, Greek architects flocked to Alexandria to construct classic Greek buildings for kings, who wanted Alexandria to resemble the cultural centers of Greece. When the Greek historian Herodotus compiled a list of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, he included the Alexandria Lighthouse, which was commissioned by the Greeks. In this activity, you will visit NOVA online and dive deep into the wonders of the ancient world.

Destination Title:  NOVA Online

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Begin at NOVA Online and select "Mapping the Treasures."

  • Read how archaeologists used technology to uncover the sunken Alexandria Lighthouse.
  • Next, click on "Seven Wonders: Get Clued In." Use the clues provided to identify the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

After you have read these pages, answer the following questions.

What two factors made it difficult for archaeologists to create maps of the site?
Only one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world is still standing. Can you name it?
Why did King Nebuchadnezzar have the Hanging Gardens of Babylon built?
Describe the Alexandria Lighthouse.
Now that you've read about the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, it's time to choose the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. As a class, determine the criteria for the Seven Wonders. Next, create a list of existing structures that are worthy of "wonder" status. Select one item on the list, and (on your own) write a short persuasive essay to a popular archaeological magazine, explaining why you think the structure should be considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.
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