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John Romer - 7 Wonders Of The Ancient World

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John Romer
7 Wonders Of The Ancient World

Antiquities scholar John Romer tells viewers from the start that the Seven Wonders of the ancient world are not about "stones and bones, but about archaeological wonder." It is this gentle enthusiasm of writer/narrator Romer that keeps this tape from the folks at The Learning Channel from stalling in the intellectual quagmire of seated professors speaking to cameras. In fact, there is nary a talking head in the entire 86 minutes. Romer visits the remnants or sites of the four wonders located near the shores of the Mediterranean: the Colossus of Rhodes, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Pharos of Alexandria, and the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus. Computer animation re-creates them as described in ancients texts, while Romer travels the Mediterranean by boat and on foot, sharing not only locations, but related structures (others still standing near Alexandria) and plenty of history, mythology, and the stories of the destruction of each. Volume 2 similarly examines the remaining three wonders of the world

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