Turn the pages of almost any magazine, and you’ll come across a top-ten list. It might be the year’s best songs or movies or places to visit. But one of the oldest top-ten lists is actually a top-seven list!
More than 2,100 years ago, a Greek poet, Antipater of Sidon, made a list of what he thought were the most amazing creations of his day. He hadn’t even seen most of them! Nobody knows exactly why he did it. He may have hoped the list would be a guide for visitors to lands along the eastern Mediterranean. His list had two tombs, a temple, a garden, a wall, and two statues. Today, with only one change (a lighthouse instead of a wall), we call these monuments the Seven Wonders of the World.