Reconstitution of the seven ancient wonders of the digital world

Digital reconstruction of the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus.

“Everyone has heard every one of the Seven Wonders of the World, but few have seen all that . To succeed one must go abroad, Persia, to cross the river Euphrates, travel to Egypt, some time to pass between the Greeks in Greece, go to Halicarnassus in Caria, to sail in Rhodes and see Ephesus in Ionia. Only if you travel the world and exhausted from the effort of the journey, will satisfy the desire to see all the Wonders of the World.So begins the driver of Philo of Byzantium in the Seven Wonders of the World Classic. When Philo wrote his book during the 4th to the 5th century AD, buildings to be included in the list of wonders were for discussion. In fact, the term “miracle” (theamai the original Greek language) You can perhaps best translated as “sights”, as the sights we should see before they die. Philo and his colleagues competed for who could create the best directory and thus inspire the minds of travelers throughout the classical world.

To save his readers to become “almost dead” in trying to see all seven wonders, Philo wrote his driver to recreate “beautiful and amazing things in his house.” Today we take a step further and bring these ancient wonders on your digital display.

The reconstructions were found below by digital artists Keremcan Kirilmaz and Erdem Batirbek funded from the Budget Direct Australia. Working with descriptions and illustrations of ancient wonderland, They worked to reconstruct the dimensions and size of each structure and place them back in their original landscapes. Their creations sent to Fractal Motion, which convert them into animations that allow us to see the wonders rebuilt before our very eyes.

Philo's words still have great power today. Of all the various wonders of the ancient world, only the Pyramids of Giza still survive, therefore we can not see ourselves. But we can read the words and see the power of digital imaging!

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon

“The so-called Hanging Garden with plants above the soil it grows in the air. The roots of trees on forming a roof above ground. The stone pillars stand down from the garden to the support and the whole area under the garden occupied with carved bases of pillars. “

“Individual palm beams are in place and the space that separates them is very narrow. Wood palm is the only type of wood does not rot. When they are saturated and high pressure, apsonoun upwardly and nourish the capillaries of the radicals. “

"The masterpiece is luxurious and royal and breaks the laws of nature to hang the work of cultivation over the heads of the spectators'.

Digital reconstruction of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon

The Pyramids of Giza
“Mountains are built on mountains. The enormity of squared masonry is difficult for the mind to understand and everyone confused by the enormous power needed to win such a weight material ".

“A square base sank and hewn stones make up the foundations that have the same dimensions as the height of each structure above ground. Gradually all the work put into a pyramid, descending to a point.”In surprise pleasure added, respect for the wonder and splendor, the brilliance. … Through such acts of men go up to the gods or the gods descend to men '.

Digital reconstruction of the pyramids of Giza

Statue of Zeus at Olympia
“Where as just wondering the other six wonders, kneel in front in this respect, because the execution of mastery is so incredible as the image of Jupiter is holy. The project brings praise and immortality brings honor “. “These were the good old days in Greece! When the wealth of the world of gods exceeded the wealth of any other people at any time thereafter. when he was an artist who was creator of immortality that did not fill in any later produced. “

Digital reconstruction of the statue of Zeus at Olympia

The Colossus of Rhodes
“Maybe Zeus shed their miraculous riches in Rhodians just to honor the Sun to spend on the construction of the statue of the god, layer on layer, from the ground to the heavens”.
“A base of white marble was placed, and on that first put his feet up to the ankles Colossus. He had already conceived in the mind of the proportions in which God one hundred and twenty feet will be built.
“Shortly afterwards came the goal of the dream and, weight bronze talents hundred and three hundred silver talents, She made him god equal with God. He did an excellent job in boldness, why in the world he had put a second Helios facing the first. “

Digital reconstruction of the Colossus of Rhodes

The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus

“The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus is the only home of the gods. Who will ever see will be convinced that a change has occurred site: that the heavenly world of immortality has been placed on earth. For the Giants or the Aloe sons who attempted the ascent to heaven, He made a pile of mountains and there built a temple but Olympus.
“The amount of masonry spent in construction under the round was whole mountain quarries”.

Digital reconstruction of the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus

The Lighthouse of Alexandria
The location next to the current default list of ancient wonders is the Lighthouse of Alexandria. The Philo, However, It did not include the magnificent building in its own list. Instead we have descriptions of drugs from many Islamic sources before the destruction of the building. The traveler and scholar Ibn Jubair visited the lighthouse 1183 a pilgrimage to Mecca. He was particularly impressed by the presence of structure!
“One of the greatest miracles that we saw in this city was the beacon that the great and glorious God was erected by the hands of those who were forced to work as a "sign to those who make a warning from examining the fate of others"[ Koran: 15:75] and as a guide for travelers, because without it they could not find the true path to Alexandria. He can be seen for more than seventy miles, and has great antiquity. It is more strongly built in all directions and competes height sky. The description below, Eye do not understand the words are insufficient, so vast is the spectacle ".

Digital reconstruction of Pharos in Alexandria

The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
Similarly, the famous Mausoleum at Halicarnassus not visited Friend, but the Roman historian Pliny the Elder wrote a description of the temple in the 1st century AD. and presents details about the artists who created the building.
“Scopas had as his rivals and contemporaries Braiax, Timothy and Leochares, which we must discuss together, because they made together the sculptures of the Mausoleum. These artists were particularly responsible to make the building one of the seven wonders of the world ".
“The sculptures on the east side was carved by Scopas, those in the north of the Vryxaki, those in the south of Timothy and those to the west of the Leochares. and before the queen died finish. But they did not stop the project to be completed, considering it is a memorial of their own fame and artistic virtuosity. and to date their hands compete. “

Digital reconstruction of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus

All references from a friend of Byzantium "In the seven wonders" from the book "The seven wonders of the world: A history of modern fiction by John Romer and Elizabeth Romer and translated by Hugh Johnstone.

David Anderson

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