Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Seven Wonders of the Ancient World x New Seven Wonders

I've heard of ridiculous games and votes, but I think there isn't a vote that went as far as The New Seven Wonders. I thought only I felt that way about that worldwide fraud, but thankfully I've read at El Mundo that someone else agrees with me.
The patriotism in the third world countries went too far in the votes, people voted in their own wonders and reunited against the wonders that were in the countries they disliked (as the EUA, France and Germany).
It's quite unfair if you really think about it. Brazil has about 118 million people with internet (the population is of 186.770.562) the number of Brazilians who use the internet is almost twice Germany population (about 58 million people), India 60 million people use the internet while in France the population is of 61 million people.
With the anti-Americanism going around the Globe, all countries that hate American voted against the Liberty Statue. America may have a huge population with internet access, but against Latin America, India and China they had no chance of putting their statue in the list.
And now, to think about how people's patriotism and hate towards other countries may affect the future of the fine works of art that weren't voted. The vote was organized by an ONG so they can send money to preserve the new seven wonders. I'm a Brazilian and I don't think we need money to preserve a stupid statue of Christ horribly sculpted in a rock. But I agree that Macchu Picchu needs it to be preserved. The Castle of Neuschwansten may not need money to stay with us in the next centuries, but its architecture is a model of fine art and elegance that influenced many generations of architects and promoted countless studies about its rich walls. If we count how much our modern world owe to this castle people would have voted in it for its importance.
How can Acropolis not have gotten in the list? Greece may need some help to preserve it. And Angkor in Cambodia? Who will help keep the stunning ornamented symbol of the Khmer empire when it’s in a country that barely feeds its population?
And let’s not forget The Kremlin in San Petersburg, the home of several generations of Czars that changed the world’s history.
What has the stupid Christ Redeemer done anyway?
Unfortunately those who voted may not even know what Seven Wonders of the World means. I bet they can’t even name two of them.
I just hope in some years true historians and artists will vote in the true New Seven Wonders. They will be fair because they know and they’ve studied the importance of each candidate for the title and not act like impulsive third world population who voted merely to not let those countries superior to them win.

And to teach people the truly Seven Wonders of the Ancient World I’ll list them down with a quick text gotten from the official website.

Great Pyramid of Giza
Built as the tomb of Fourth dynasty Egyptian pharaoh Khufu.




Hanging Gardens of Babylon
Diodorus described multi-levelled gardens reaching 22 metres (75 feet) high, complete with machinery for circulating water. Large trees grew on the roof.



Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
Dedicated to the Greek goddess Artemis, it took 120 years to build. Herostratus burned it down in an attempt to achieve lasting fame.




Statue of Zeus at Olympia
Occupied the whole width of the aisle of the temple that was built to house it, and was 40 feet (12 meters) tall.




Mausoleum of Maussollos at Halicarnassus
Stood approximately 45 meters (135 feet) tall with each of the four sides adorned with sculptural reliefs. Origin of the word mausoleum.




Colossus of Rhodes
A giant statue of the Greek god Helios roughly 3/4ths as large as today's Statue of Liberty in New York.




Lighthouse of Alexandria
Between 115 and 135 meters (383 - 440 ft) tall it was among the tallest man-made structures on Earth for many centuries.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

hi Vivi! it's been a long time since i visited your blog...lol

I see you're defending our 7 ANCIENT wonders of the world... I TOTALLY AGREE with you because all those lame NEW wonders doesn't have any significant reason but the ancient wonders signifies the past wchich the future kids will learn how the past was very interesting..

oh and by the way... i forgot to sign in again... this is alora...

Louco said...

Oi nee-chan! Otouto, aparecendo pruma visita.

Não vou ficar muito, hoje eunão tô muito animado. Só pra dizer que eu, pra variar, concordo com vc.

Não totalmente, bem dito. Não estou muito animado, mas ainda sou eu mesmo :p

Com o devido respeito ao Cristo Redentor, mas não acho que seja uma maravilha tão impressionante, comparado com outros concorrentes. Claro, isso quer dizer que eu não acho a Estátua da Liberdade merecedora do lugar, either.

E valeu pelas imagens das sete maravilhas antigas. Sempre tenho uma certa dificuldade quando tento lembrá-las. E aquilo sim era impressionante, né?

Viu, quem mais tava concorrendo? Eu escolheria como candidatos, dos que eu lembro, a Muralha da China, o Canal do Panamá e aquela ponte dos Estados Unidos, como era o nome...? Golden Gate? Sei lá, aquela enorme que passa sobre uma baía?

Levando em conta os recursos da época e o lugar onde construíram, é uma verdadeira maravilha ter sido feita.

Não digo que o Brasil não pudesse ter participado, e vencido. Mas não com o Redentor, e não nessa categoria.

Té mais irmãzinha. E valeu de novo por ter lembrado de me avisar. Acho que o amigo Ban ligou aqui ontem, mas eu tava trabalhando

Louco said...

Oi de novo, menina! Otouto, aparecendo de novo...

Dessa vez, pra agradecer à visita lá no blog. Eu queria que quem conheceu o Akira passasse por lá, pra ficar sabendo do que aconteceu, quer fosse do CAI ou não.

E valeu mesmo da oferta quando ao blog. Eu dei minha resposta lá.

Beijão do otouto de novo... que tá passando um fim de semana único. Me lembra, que eu te conto depois no e-mail ~_^

Vivi said...

Hello, Alora! How are you? I'm lad you agree with me about the New Wonders. Hopefully in a thousand years maybe true historians will decide what are the best seven wonders of our time. I'm just sad that the poor countries won't have some financial keep their wonders for some more years. Oh well...

Anyway, I've updated the fic again. I hope you still like it. lol. Thanks for visiting again! You totally rock.

Louco, que fim de semana unico é esse agora? O que vc andou aprontando dessa vez?