Selects: How the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World Work, Part II

    enJuly 06, 2024

    Podcast Summary

    • Ancient Greek Temples, Mental Health PodcastsThe Health Discovered podcast discusses mental health issues, while the 2024 Paris Olympics can be streamed on iHeartRadio. The Stuff You Should Know podcast explores ancient wonders, with the Temple of Zeus at Olympia being less impressive in size than records suggest but still notable for its historical significance and Phidias' statue of Zeus

      The Health Discovered podcast from WebMD offers valuable insights into various health and wellness topics, including mental health, while the 2024 Paris Olympics can be streamed on the iHeartRadio app. The Stuff You Should Know podcast discusses the seven wonders of the ancient world, with the second part focusing on the Temple of Zeus at Olympia. Despite its historical significance as the site of the First Olympics, the speaker finds it less impressive than other wonders due to its size being exaggerated in records. The temple itself was 68 feet tall, but still an impressive feat for the time. The Greek artist Phidias created the statue of Zeus, which was a major attraction inside the temple. These podcasts provide entertainment and education on diverse topics, from ancient history to mental health.

    • Ancient Greek statueAncient Greek sculptor Phidius created a unique ivory and gold statue of Zeus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, depicting him with Nike and a scepter. Although the original has been lost, recent discoveries have allowed for a recreation.

      Phidius, an ancient Greek sculptor, created a remarkable statue of Zeus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. This statue, built around 450 BC, was unique due to its materials - ivory and gold, instead of the standard marble. The statue was impressive in size, with Zeus seated at about fifty feet high, and his head almost reaching the temple roof. He was depicted holding a statue of Nike, the goddess of victory, in one hand and a scepter in the other. Despite the statue's legendary status, much of what we know comes from second-hand sources as the original has been lost to time. However, the statue's impact was significant, with its intimidating expression and impressive size making it a must-see attraction. Unfortunately, the statue's fate was not kind. It was moved during the spread of Christianity and eventually housed in a palace in Constantinople, which caught fire and destroyed the statue. Despite this, the ruins of the temple where the statue once stood may still be found in Olympia, and recent discoveries have allowed for a recreation of the statue using molds found in Phidius' workshop.

    • Ancient Greek Coins and Modern PodcastsAncient Greeks used intricately detailed coins as currency and souvenirs, while modern podcasts offer diverse topics and platforms for storytelling and learning

      Ancient Greeks left behind intricately detailed depictions of their cultural symbols, including the Temple of Artemis, on coins. These coins not only served as currency but may have also functioned as souvenirs for ancient tourists. Meanwhile, in the modern world, podcasts offer a diverse range of topics, from Olympics coverage to women's history, available on various platforms like iHeartRadio and Apple Podcasts. Another fascinating takeaway is the story of King Mausolus of Halicarnassus and his sister-wife Artemisia, whose love and devotion led to the construction of the original mausoleum, a structure that revolutionized the concept of memorials. These examples illustrate the enduring power of art and storytelling across different eras and mediums.

    • Ancient Greek Art and PreservationThe Mausoleum at Helikarnassus, a collaborative effort facing challenges, became a monument to art itself, inspiring awe and preservation for centuries, with its influence extending beyond its original location and parts now housed in museums.

      The Mausoleum at Helikarnassus, despite being a collaborative effort with multiple artists and facing various challenges such as earthquakes and looting, became a monument not just to the entombed individuals, but also to art itself. The structure, which stood tall for centuries even after the fall of Helikarnassus, showcased the ornate sculptures and became a significant attraction for visitors. The mausoleum's influence extended beyond its original location, with parts of it being used to build other structures, and some of its famous sculptures now being housed in the British Museum. The earthquakes that damaged the mausoleum played a role in preserving it from being completely destroyed and reused by other civilizations. The Mausoleum at Helikarnassus remains an impressive testament to ancient Greek art and engineering, inspiring awe and curiosity even today.

    • Ancient Rhodian statueThe ancient Rhodians built a colossal statue of Helios using materials from a siege machine, symbolizing peace and gratitude, but it only lasted 53 years due to an earthquake, leaving behind a massive, fallen structure.

      The ancient Rhodians built a colossal statue of Helios, their patron God, using materials from a siege machine left behind after a war. The statue, which was around 110 feet tall, was intended as a symbol of peace and gratitude. Despite its impressive size, it's unlikely that the statue actually straddled the harbor entrance as depicted in some illustrations. Instead, it may have been located inland due to structural and economic reasons. Sadly, the statue only lasted for about 53 years before an earthquake caused it to fall, leaving behind a massive, fallen structure that became a tourist attraction for many years. The statue's arms and legs may have fallen off first during the earthquake, leaving only the torso and thighs standing. The statue's size and grandeur were a testament to the ancient Rhodians' engineering capabilities and their desire to create impressive structures, even if they were not always practical or feasible.

    • Ancient Wonders: Lighthouse of AlexandriaThe Lighthouse of Alexandria, built as a gift to the god Pharos, was a functional wonder of the ancient world that served as a beacon for sailors, demonstrating the ancient civilization's ingenuity and artistic vision. Today, podcasts serve a similar purpose, offering diverse content for various interests, making learning accessible and convenient.

      The ancient world was filled with wonders, both monumental and practical. One such wonder was the Lighthouse of Alexandria, the youngest of the Seven Wonders but arguably the most functional. It was built under the orders of Ptolemy, one of Alexander the Great's generals, as a gift to the god Pharos. The lighthouse, a practical wonder, served as an identifier for sailors, guiding them safely to the coast of ancient Egypt. Its beauty and utility made it a testament to the ancient world's ingenuity and artistic vision. Another interesting tidbit from the discussion was the mention of various podcasts, including the hosts' own, offering diverse content for listeners. From rewatching favorite shows to learning about history and culture, there's a podcast for every interest.

    • Ancient Engineering MarvelsThe Lighthouse of Alexandria, built around 285 BC, was an engineering marvel of the ancient world with a height of 450 feet and could be seen from up to 100 miles away. It showcased advanced technology and collaboration, despite being destroyed by natural disasters.

      The ancient world was filled with remarkable feats of engineering and architecture, as exemplified by the Lighthouse of Alexandria. This lighthouse, built around 285 BC, was not only a symbol of Alexandria's importance but also served a practical function by helping navigators at sea. With a height of approximately 450 feet, it was one of the tallest structures of its time and could be seen from up to 100 miles away. Its unique design featured three distinct levels with different shapes, and it was equipped with advanced technology such as reflective disks and elevators. Despite surviving natural disasters like earthquakes and a tsunami in 365 AD, the lighthouse eventually succumbed to destruction. Remnants of the lighthouse, including original blocks and sculptures, were discovered in 1994 during an underwater expedition. The history of the Lighthouse of Alexandria not only showcases the ingenuity and ambition of ancient civilizations but also demonstrates the importance of collaboration and knowledge-sharing, as seen in the early prototypes of universities and think tanks.

    • Underwater wreck sites dangersUnderwater wreck sites pose risks for divers, as illustrated by a listener's story of mistakenly consuming bath salts instead of Molly, leading to paranoia, insomnia, and a ruined festival experience. Always be cautious and informed when trying new substances.

      Underwater wreck sites, such as the Andrea Doria, are considered the "underwater Everest" for experienced divers due to their historical significance and the thrill of exploring sunken treasures. However, these sites can also be extremely dangerous, leading to unintended consequences, as illustrated in a listener's story about mistakenly consuming bath salts instead of Molly at an EDM festival. The unexpected experience left them feeling paranoid, unable to sleep, and unable to enjoy the music or dance. This serves as a reminder to be cautious and informed when trying new substances, even if they appear harmless. Additionally, the podcast is coming to an end for the year, and the hosts wish their listeners a happy new year.

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