The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World by Bettany Hughes ISBN:9781474610339

Seven Wonders of the Ancient World by Bettany Hughes

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Their names still echo down the ages: The Great Pyramid at Giza. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon. The Temple of Artemis. The statue of Zeus at Olympia. The mausoleum of Halikarnassos. The Colossus at Rhodes. The Lighthouse of Alexandria. The Seven Wonders of the World were staggeringly audacious impositions on our planet. They were also brilliant adventures of the mind, test cases for the reaches of human imagination. Now only the great pyramid remains fully standing, yet the scale and majesty of these seven wonders still enthral us today.

In a thrilling, colourful narrative enriched with the latest archaeological discoveries, bestselling historian Bettany Hughes walks through the landscapes of both ancient and modern time. This is a journey whose purpose is to ask why we wonder, why we create, why we choose to remember the wonder of others. She explores traces of the Wonders themselves, and the traces they have left in history. A magisterial work of historical storytelling, The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World reinforces the exciting and nourishing notion that humans can make the impossible happen.

A revelatory new history of the ancient world, told through its seven greatest monuments, by bestselling author and TV historian Bettany Hughes.

About the Author: Bettany Hughes is an award-winning historian, author and broadcaster. Her previous books (ISTANBUL: A TALE OF THREE CITIES; HELEN OF TROY: GODDESS, PRINCESS, WHORE and THE HEMLOCK CUP: SOCRATES, ATHENS AND THE SEARCH FOR THE GOOD LIFE) were published to great critical acclaim and worldwide success. Hughes has made a number of factual films and documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4, PBS, National Geographic, Discovery, The History Channel and ABC. She is a Research Fellow of King’s College London and has been honoured with numerous awards including the Norton Medlicott Medal for History. / @bettanyhughes

18 Jan 2024

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Paperback / softback


General & world history

Readership Level

General (US: Trade)



Publication Date

18 Jan 2024

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World by Bettany Hughes ISBN 9781474610339

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