As phrases they are familiar: the four horsemen of the Apocalypse, the seven wonders of the ancient world, the twelve labours of Hercules . . . But how easy is it to name the horsemen? Whose was the apocalyptic vision? Why seven wonders? And who challenged Hercules to clean up the Augean stables? This irresistible book takes us from the three sons of Adam and Eve to the twAs phrases they are familiar: the four horsemen of the Apocalypse, the seven wonders of the ancient world, the twelve labours of Hercules . . . But how easy is it to name the horsemen? Whose was the apocalyptic vision? Why seven wonders? And who challenged Hercules to clean up the Augean stables? This irresistible book takes us from the three sons of Adam and Eve to the twelve signs of the zodiac in sixty culturally significant lists, backed up with a wealth of information and anecdote about each one, to educate, amuse and entertain. In all the chosen lists, the number is key to its significance. The attribution of mystical or sacred properties to numbers has a long history: in the ancient Greek world the Pythagoreans claimed that the entire cosmos was made of numbers, while the early Christians especially venerated the numbers three, seven, ten and twelve. For this delightful book, however, the lists are culled from the wider worlds of mythology, religion, literature, science, history, art and music. They include the four assassinated presidents of the United States and the six flavours of quarks as well as the 'seven against Thebes' and the nine worthies. While the six wives of Henry VIII bear witness to the lethal politics of an age, the seven voyages of Sinbad the Sailor provide a charming fairy-tale interlude. An invaluable source of reference, the ideal companion to quizzing and parlour games, What Are the Seven Wonders of the World? is a hugely stimulating treasury of facts and fun....
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what are the seven wonders of the world and 60 other great cultural questions Reviews
I bought this for two reasons: the first - it is a Folio Edition, and is quite a visual work of art - the attractive cover, and the lino-cut style picture which accompanies each of the 65 'questions' are really quite stunning; the second - who can resist the seven wonders of the world, right? the pyramids at Giza; the hanging gardens of Babylon; the statue of Zeus at Olympia; the temple of Artemis at Ephesus; the mausoleum at Halicarnassus; the colossus of Rhodes & the Pharos of Alexandria. Well, I have been to the site of three of them.So this book, despite its artistic merit, is not really a readable book - in a cover to cover sort of way. It is more a dip in, dip out, quirky read.It really consists of 61 questions, with the short version answers, then a more lengthy explanation, or just background information around the answer.The questions - well they are all questions about numbers - a large selection of three's (Who are the: three gods of the Hindu trinity; 3 sons of Adam; 3 Magi and what gifts did they bring; what were the 3 temptations of Christ; etc) a similarly large number of four's ( What are the: 4 voyages of Gulliver; 4 chief winds in ancient Greece; Who are the: 4 horsemen of the apocalypse; the 4 Bronte siblings; etc) Some five's and sixes, a heap of seven's (7 wonders of the ancient world; 7 voyages of Sinbad the sailor; 7 sages of Greece; etc) a couple of eights, some nine's, two tens (10 commandments, 10 plagues of Egypt) a single eleven (the states of the Confederacy) and a bunch of twelve's (Latin names of the months; 12 labours of Heracles, 12 apostles, 12 knights of the Round Table; and the 12 signs of the zodiac; etc)and a thorough index.So the questions are taken from history, from literature (Dante and his unreadable (for me) Divine Comedy is all through this), from religion (not just Christianity, but there are a heap of bible stories).So for the artistry of a beautiful book - 5 stars, for subject questions - much more hit and miss - 2 stars, for the answers, and the content 3 stars. So I guess closer to 3 than 4 stars for me.
this is an interesting book which asks questions relating to numerical set e.g. Who are the 3 sons of Adam and Eve? what are the 5 events in the Ancient Pentathlon. It goes from sets of 3 to those of twelve and features religion, history, science and art among others. it is not a book that you can really sit down and read in one session form beginning to end but one that you keep coming back to.