Egypt antipater of sidon







Antipater of Sidon is a poet form the ancient Greece who lived in the 1st century BC second half. He was also an epigrammist called by Cicero ‘brilliant’ but with some intensions of imitation. He composed short elegiacs, Sappho's epitaph, and he is also one of the 5 authors of the ancient world's seven wonders. The other 4 authors are Herodotus, Strabo, Diodoros of Sicily and Philo of Byzantium. The number 7 was chosen due to the Greeks` beliefs that this number is sacred. According to these 5 poets, the seven wonders of the ancient world are: the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, and Mausoleum of Maussollos at Halicarnassus, the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, the Lighthouse of Alexandria and the Colossus of Rhodes. From all these only the Great Pyramid of Giza survived. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Colossus of Rhodes and the Lighthouse of Alexandria were destructed by earthquakes, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia was destroyed in a fire, the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus by plundering and the Mausoleum of Maussollos at Halicarnassus was destroyed by an earthquake and by the European crusaders. There were other lists with the wonders of the ancient world, made by Callimachus of Cyrene – an architect and Herodotus but these lists have not survived. And also, there was another list called De septem orbis spactaculis and attributed to the Philo of Byzantium; it seemed that he was not the author of the list. These wonders were made by the important personalities of the ancient times as an eloquent prove of their influence and power. The mastery and the art of these constructions amaze so many people for so many years, representing a mystery hard to be explained.



Egypt Antipater of Sidon




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