In 7 Wonders of the World, you will have the pleasure of sovling puzzles, learning some history, and exploring the 7 Wonders of the World! Start at the Great Pyramid of Giza and begin building the first of the great 7 wonders! Travel through time to ancient Greece to begin explorations of these amazing structures.
If you are going to see the seven wonders built, you are going to have to help! Supply the stones to your workers by matching 3 colored runes. This Match 3 game is fun for the entire family and will be a source of enjoyment as you win and a source of frustration as you get stuck!
According to legend, the altar of Zeus stood on a spot struck by a thunderbolt, which had been hurled by the god from his throne high atop Mount Olympus, where the gods assembled. Altars to Zeus graced the forecourts of houses throughout Greece and pilgrims visited his many mountaintop shrines, but the god's best-known temple was the monumental Temple of Zeus, built in a sacred grove between two rivers at Olympia on the west coast of Greece. The city of Olympia housed not only the Temple of Zeus, but also hosted the Olympic Games. They were first started in 776 BC and held every four years. One difference between the ancient and modern Olympic Games is that the ancient games were played within the context of a religious festival. They were held in honor of Zeus, considered the father of the Olympic Games. To honor Zeus, a temple was commissioned by the citizens of Olympia in 470 BC.
The monumental statue of Zeus at Olympia in Greece was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Created in the 430s BCE under the supervision of the master Greek sculptor Phidias, the huge ivory and gold statue was bigger even than that of Athena in the Parthenon. Worshipped by pilgrims from across the Mediterranean, the statue inspired countless imitations and defined the standard representation of Zeus in Greek and Roman art in sculpture, on coins, pottery, and gemstones. Lost in later Roman times following its removal to Constantinople, Phidias' masterpiece captivated the ancient world for 1,000 years and was the must-see sight for anyone who attended the ancient Olympic Games.
The master sculptor and architect Phidias (also spelt Pheidias, active c. 465-425 BCE), who had already supervised construction of the Parthenon (447-432 BCE) in Athens and its giant statue of the city's patron goddess Athena, was called on again to produce a similarly monumental sculpture of Zeus. The location was to be Olympia in the western Peloponnese of Greece where a huge brand new temple awaited. It was there that, every four years, the Pan-Hellenic Olympic Games (776 BCE - 393 CE) were dedicated. Olympia was then controlled by the polis (city-state) of Elis and the sacred site attracted thousands of travellers, pilgrims, and sports fans from across the Mediterranean. The new cult statue and temple to house it would be fine additions, adding prestige to Olympia at a time when there were still rival games held at other sites such as Delphi, Nemea, and Isthmia near Corinth. In addition, a magnificent dedication to Zeus, father of the Olympian gods and supreme deity of the ancient Greek religion, could only be a positive for the Eleans' and indeed all of ancient Greece's spiritual and material well-being.
The statue stood in front of a shallow pool of diluted or pure olive oil (as opposed to water in the case of the Athena Parthenos) which helped keep a moist atmosphere and impede any cracking of the ivory pieces. The reflection of the statue in the pool was a bonus side-effect to add to its aura of other-worldliness. The finished statue was dedicated c. 430 BCE.
Some of the monuments of the ancient world so impressed visitors from far and wide with their beauty, artistic and architectural ambition, and sheer scale that their reputation grew as must-see (themata) sights for the ancient traveller and pilgrim. Seven such monuments became the original 'bucket list' when ancient writers such as Herodotus, Callimachus of Cyrene, Antipater of Sidon, and Philo of Byzantium compiled shortlists of the most wonderful sights of the ancient world. The great statue of Zeus made it onto the established list of Seven Wonders from the 2nd century BCE, but it was by then already widely known, imitated in sculpture and represented in vase paintings, carved gemstones, and on coinage from the 4th century BCE, notably on the reverse side of the silver tetradrachms of Alexander the Great (336-323 BCE) and the coins of Elis. Roman emperor Hadrian (r. 117-138 CE) was still using the same image on his coins in the 2nd century CE. Besides these surviving representations, there are marble copies of the children of Niobe from the throne of the statue.
The statue would not suffer the same fate as the temple, though, as the two were destined to be separated and never reunited. The statue was renovated several times, cracks in the ivory were repaired, and even perhaps supporting columns added under the throne. Roman emperor Caligula (r. 37-41 CE) had audaciously tried to remove the statue and have it brought to Rome, but according to the Roman writer Suetonius (c. 69 - c. 140 CE), the project was abandoned after the giant Zeus mysteriously emitted a roar of laughter and the scaffolding of the workers collapsed. The next indignity was having its gold parts spirited away by Roman Emperor Constantine I (r. 306-337 CE). Finally, the statue of Zeus was removed to Constantinople in 395 CE, then the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire, where it and the temple or palace it stood in were destroyed during an earthquake or tsunami in the 5th, or more likely, 6th century CE. An alternative theory, as recorded in the works of the historians Zonaras and Kedron, is that the statue was destroyed by a fire in 475 CE. Whatever the exact causes of its final loss, the surviving descriptions by ancient writers and the tantalising images in other ancient artworks and on coins are all that survive of one of the wonders of the ancient world, the only one that was ever genuinely revered.
It is one of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World that was listed by Herodotus in his famous list. The statue was 12 meters (39 feet) tall. Herodotus said that statue occupied a whole room at western of the temple o Zeus in Olympia (about 150 Km west of Athens), the city where Greeks celebrated the original Olympics games.
There is undoubtedly some of the most amazing places on our planet but the seven natural wonders of the world have been separated as the most awe-inspiring. These wonders of the world can be found on five different continents and are magnificent in their natural beauty.
It might be tempting to skip over ancient history in favor of modern historical subjects, which had a direct impact on our current world. But ancient civilizations, like the Egyptians, gives kids context for the progress of the human race, and how history has unfolded over thousands of years. The Ancient Egyptians had a huge influence on the early fields of medicine, mathematics, construction, agriculture, politics, architecture, and art. They even invented paper!
You may have heard that term before, but do you know what they are? In the ancient past, writers debated what great marvels of human creation should make such a notable list. With much debate and even controversy, the official seven included the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, the Colossus of Rhodes, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, and the Statue of Zeus at Olympia. Today, only one of those wonders still stands, the Great Pyramid of Giza. Another wonder, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, may not have ever existed except in legends. Our focus here, however, will be the Statue of Zeus at Olympia.
Zeus, the ruler of the ancient Greek gods, had a special connection with the people of Olympia, a city in ancient Greece. Legend has it that Zeus blessed the city by hurling a thunderbolt, one of his powers, to earth to strike a spot in the city. His worshipers built a sacred altar to him on that very spot, but their honoring him did not end there. Beginning in 776 BCE, the people of Olympia added athletic competition to their festival honoring Zeus. These games occurred every four years and brought athletes from every part of Greece to participate.
Your quest for exciting, mesmerizing, block-matching fun will take you on a journey from the Great Pyramid of Giza to the far-off lands of ancient Greece. Work quickly to match same-colored runes and you'll pass to the next level, but slow down and your travels are over before they've even begun. If your puzzle skills are strong, you'll unlock seven wonders in all, each with seven levels to work through for a total of 49 original levels! 2b1af7f3a8