The Old 7 WONDERS of the ANCIENT WORLD.

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Nebuchadnezzar, the greatest character of Babylonian history, built the hanging gardens of Babylon to please his wife who had disliked the bareness of her new home.  It is certain that he was a great builder; he restored many temples, put up bridges, and lined rivers with embankments.  The walls he built around the city of Babylon were the longest, widest, and highest in the ancient world. The hanging gardens of Babylon - dedicated to the planet Venus rose above them in five tiers each 50 feet above the next, each tier planted with fabulous trees and flowers.

At Giza, Egypt, stands the Sphinx, and three famous pyramids, the oldest and largest of which was built by King Khufu (or Cheops) about 3000 B.C.  This enormous monument - a tomb built to protect the king's body and the treasures buried with him -  is the most expensive monument a man has ever built to himself.  The Great Pyramid was dedicated to the planet Mercury.

The Temple of Artemis (Diana) at Ephesus, in what is now Turkey, was built in the fifth century B.C.  Once burned down, it was rebuilt even grander, it measured 342 feet by 164 feet and had 127 columns over 60 feet high.  It was in this temple that Paul the Apostle preached against pagan worship and aroused angry crowds.  The temple was destroyed by the Goths in 262 A.D.  The Temple of Diana was dedicated to the Moon.

When Mausolus, king of Caria (in Asia Minor), died in 353 B.C. his widow built a great marble tomb at Harlicarnassus.   A fine pyramid with steps of marble surmounted the rectangular base and on top of the pyramid was a mighty sculpture of Mausolus driving an eight horse chariot group.  Eventually destroyed by an earthquake, the Mausoleum of Harlicarnassus was dedicated to the planet Mars.

The Statue of Zeus at Olympia in the Peloponnesus, was made of marble and decorated with ivory and beaten gold.   It was make by Phidias, the most famous sculptor of antiquity, who also made the statue of Athena which crowned the Acropolis.   The statue of Zeus was dedicated to the planet Jupiter.

The Pharos at Alexandria was a lighthouse at the port of the Egyptian city named for Alexander the Great.   It was completed around 200 B.C., a skyscraper of the ancient world standing 600 feet high.  The summit was an open place, surrounded by bronze columns, where a fire burned at night, fed by wood raised thru the central shaft.  The most legendary feature of the Lighthouse of Alexandria was a gigantic mirror which either reflected the sun's rays or the fire by night - up to 150 miles out at sea.   The magnificent edifice was destroyed more than a millennium later by a series of earthquakes.  It was dedicated to the planet Saturn.

The Colossus of Rhodes was a bronze statue of Apollo, 100 feet high.  Erected around 275 B.C. and standing high on an embankment facing the port (not straddling the entrance to the port as was often thought).  The legs of the statue were filled with masonry to keep the statue from being top heavy.  This and other precautions were unable to save yet another of the ancient wonders from the fury of earthquakes.  It lay broken on the rocks for 800 years until Arab conquerors sold it as scrap metal. The Colossus of Rhodes was dedicated to the Sun.   

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    THE CRADLE OF CIVILIZATION

Early great western civilizations included the Egyptians and Babylonians. 

  The ancient city of Babylon ( today's Iraq ) ruled the world in it's day just as Rome did in hers. Called "The Cradle of Civilization" it was the birthplace of our modern courts and justice system based upon the legendary "Code of Hammurabi" and boasted as it's showpiece one of the seven wonders of the ancient world; The Hanging Gardens of Babylon built by Legendary King Nebucadnezzar ( 605-562 B.C.) for his wife. 

   Of the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, only The Great Pyramids in Egypt still stand today. Built by The Pharaoh Cheops, ( 2900-2877 B.C.) The Great Pyramids are the costliest monuments any man has ever built to himself, and their construction methods remain a mystery to this day.

"Ancient Metropolis"  (left) 2010 digital media. The ancient world was amazing even compared to our modern cities. 

The Old 7 Wonders of the Ancient World.

About two centuries before the time of Christ, a man named Antipater of Sidon, Palestine, wrote a kind of "travel guide" to the Mediterranean world in which he listed the seven most wonderful structures of his time.  Only one of these remains today - the Pyramid and Sphinx at Giza.   Until recently only a few sketches, coins, and written descriptions survived.  Working with the latest archeological information, eminent scientific and historical illustrator Howard David Johnson has reconstructed all of the Original Seven Wonders to give us a glimpse of a lost world washed away by the tides of time.

Nebuchadnezzar, the greatest character of Babylonian history, built the hanging gardens of Babylon to please his wife who had disliked the bareness of her new home.  It is certain that he was a great builder; he restored many temples, put up bridges, and lined rivers with embankments.  The walls he built around the city of Babylon were the longest, widest, and highest in the ancient world. The hanging gardens of Babylon - dedicated to the planet Venus rose above them in five tiers each 50 feet above the next, each tier planted with fabulous trees and flowers.

At Giza, Egypt, stands the Sphinx, and three famous pyramids, the oldest and largest of which was built by King Khufu (or Cheops) about 3000 B.C.  This enormous monument - a tomb built to protect the king's body and the treasures buried with him -  is the most expensive monument a man has ever built to himself.  The Great Pyramid was dedicated to the planet Mercury.

The Temple of Artemis (Diana) at Ephesus, in what is now Turkey, was built in the fifth century B.C.  Once burned down, it was rebuilt even grander, it measured 342 feet by 164 feet and had 127 columns over 60 feet high.  It was in this temple that Paul the Apostle preached against pagan worship and aroused angry crowds.  The temple was destroyed by the Goths in 262 A.D.  It was dedicated to the Moon.

When Mausolus, king of Caria (in Asia Minor), died in 353 B.C. his widow built a great marble tomb at Harlicarnassus.   A fine pyramid with steps of marble surmounted the rectangular base and on top of the pyramid was a mighty sculpture of Mausolus driving an eight horse chariot group.  Eventually destroyed by an earthquake, the Mausoleum of Harlicarnassus was dedicated to the planet Mars.

The Statue of Zeus at Olympia in the Peloponnesus, was made of marble and decorated with ivory and beaten gold.   It was make by Phidias, the most famous sculptor of antiquity, who also made the statue of Athena which crowned the Acropolis.   The statue of Zeus was dedicated to the planet Jupiter.

The Pharos at Alexandria was a lighthouse at the port of the Egyptian city named for Alexander the Great.   It was completed around 200 B.C., a skyscraper of the ancient world standing 600 feet high.  The summit was an open place, surrounded by bronze columns, where a fire burned at night, fed by wood raised thru the central shaft.  The most legendary feature of the Lighthouse of Alexandria was a gigantic mirror which either reflected the sun's rays or the fire by night - up to 150 miles out at sea.   The magnificent edifice was destroyed more than a millenium later by a series of earthquakes.  It was dedicated to the planet Saturn.

The Colossus of Rhodes was a bronze statue of Apollo, 100 feet high.  Erected around 275 B.C. and standing high on an embankment facing the port (not straddling the entrance to the port as was often thought).  The legs of the statue were filled with masonry to keep the statue from being top heavy.  This and other precautions were unable to save yet another of the ancient wonders from the fury of earthquakes.  It lay broken on the rocks for 800 years until Arab conquerors sold it as scrap metal. The Colossus of Rhodes was dedicated to the Sun.  

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In David's invitation to the Florence Biennale Contemporary Art Exhibition, (a partner in the United Nations' Dialog among Nations), UN Secretary General Kofi Anon wrote: "Artists have a special role to play in the global struggle for peace. At their best, artists speak not only to people; they speak for them. Art is a weapon against ignorance and hatred and an agent of public awareness... Art opens new doors for learning, understanding, and peace among nations."

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Howard David Johnson is a contemporary realistic artist and photographer with a background in the natural sciences and history.  After a lifetime of drawing and painting, David works in a wide variety of mixed media ranging from oil on canvas to digital media.

   David's Traditional Realistic Art was exhibited in the British Museum in London in 1996, ( 3 years before he got his first computer ) as well as numerous American ones since, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art. David's realistic illustrations have made appearances in every major bookstore and game shop chain in America as well as magazines and educational texts around the world. 

     Some of his more prestigious clients have included the National Geographic Society, the University of Texas, the University of Cambridge in England, Paramount Studios, Universal Studios, PBS TV, Enslow Educational Publishers, Adobe Photoshop, Auto FX,  Doubleday, the History Book of the Month Club, & J Walter Thompson Advertising, just to name a few.  Working in a variety of media David offers his customers a variety of options and more than three decades of experience. As a realistic illustrator he has not only used the computer but has been involved in the development and marketing of software for Adobe Photoshop. Digital art, Colored pencils, Pastels, Mixed media, & also Oil Paintings can also be commissioned for select projects.     

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