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    DescriptionHow were the ancient wonders of the world built? How many people did it take to build the Great Wall of China and the Sphinx at Giza? This text seeks to answer such questions, examining these spectacular feats of engineering and celebrating the achievements of the builders who worked without the aid of modern technology. Expanding on the theme of the traditional Seven Wonders, the book broadens the scope to incorporate marvels from around the globe, spanning the centuries from the first standing stones of the fifth millennium BC to the Great Temple of the Aztecs in the 16th century AD. The raising of the stones at Stonehenge, the erection of Egyptian obelisks, the building of Roman roads and the laying out of the Nazca Lines on the face of the Peruvian Desert are all described and explained in the light of archaeological research. The text also features factfiles, diagrams, photographs and perspective views.


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    Title
    The Seventy Wonders of the Ancient World
    Subtitle
    The Great Monuments and How They Were Built
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Christopher Scarre
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 200 mm
    Height: 260 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 1,630 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780500050965
    ISBN 10: 0500050961
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.5
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: AM
    Ingram Subject Code: AH
    Libri: I-AH
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BIC subject category V2: HD
    DC21: 930
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15850
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/PREHIS
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, ARC005000
    BIC subject category V2: ACG
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 722
    Thema V1.0: AM, AGA, NHB, NK, NHC
    Illustrations note
    333 illustrations, 140 in colour
    Publisher
    Thames & Hudson Ltd
    Imprint name
    Thames & Hudson Ltd
    Publication date
    04 October 1999
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Review text
    Starting with the seven wonders of the world, this fascinating book looks at 70 of the ancient world's greatest monuments. From Angkor Wat and the Great Wall of China to Stonehenge and the Nazca Lines, roads, buildings, statues and tombs are all visited. The text is highly informative, describing why and how the projects were completed, often using the simplest tools and requiring mammoth amounts of human effort. Diagrams, photographs and drawings complete the picture, all presented clearly by an international team of archaeological experts. This is a superb book to dip into. (Kirkus UK)
    Table of contents
    The Seven Wonders; tombs and cemeteries; temples and shrines; palaces, baths and arenas; fortifications; harbours, hydraulics and roads; colossal statues and monoliths.