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  • Tsunami that devastated the ancient world could return

    03/09/2008 7:17:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 55 replies · 2,192+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 3/9/08 | AFP
    PARIS (AFP) - "The sea was driven back, and its waters flowed away to such an extent that the deep sea bed was laid bare and many kinds of sea creatures could be seen," wrote Roman historian Ammianus Marcellus, awed at a tsunami that struck the then-thriving port of Alexandria in 365 AD. "Huge masses of water flowed back when least expected, and now overwhelmed and killed many thousands of people... Some great ships were hurled by the fury of the waves onto the rooftops, and others were thrown up to two miles (three kilometres) from the shore." Ancient documents...
  • New Seven Wonders of the World named

    07/08/2007 7:51:02 AM PDT · by kinoxi · 30 replies · 1,419+ views
    swissinfo ^ | 08/07/07 | swissinfo with agencies
    The original seven wonders of the ancient world were selected by the Greek philosopher Philon more than 2,000 years ago. The Pyramids of Giza are the only one of the original wonders still standing. They have been given honorary status in addition to the new seven wonders, after Egyptian officials complained that it was undignified that the pyramids had to compete in an online poll.
  • New 7 Wonders of the World Named (Portuguese audience jeers Statue of Liberty announcement)

    07/07/2007 8:17:35 PM PDT · by Stoat · 47 replies · 6,065+ views
    Fox News ^ | July 7, 2007
    LISBON, Portugal  —  Monuments in three Latin American countries were named among the new seven wonders of the world Saturday. Brazil's , Peru's , and Mexico's pyramid were chosen alongside the Great Wall of China, Jordan's Petra, the Colosseum in Rome and India's Taj Mahal. The sites were selected according to a tally of around 100 million votes cast by people around the world over the Internet and by cell phone text messages, the nonprofit organization that conducted the poll said.(snip)Many in the 50,000-member audience at a soccer stadium jeered when the United States' Statue of Liberty was announced...
  • The seven wonders of the ancient world

    07/07/2007 6:38:22 PM PDT · by bd476 · 37 replies · 1,666+ views
    The seven wonders of the ancient world 8 Jul 2007, 0513 hrs IST, REUTERS The results were announced on Sunday: the Great Wall of China, Petra in Jordan, Brazil's statue of Christ the Redeemer, Peru's Machu Picchu, Mexico's Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza, the Colosseum in Rome and the Taj Mahal in India. The Great Pyramid of Giza is the only one of the traditional Seven Wonders of the ancient world still standing. Here are some details on the original seven: The historian Herodotus (ca 484-425 BC), and the scholar Callimachus of Cyrene (ca 305-240 BC) at the Museum...
  • Secrets of the Dead; Case File: The Great Fire of Rome

    10/01/2005 4:17:14 PM PDT · by Captain Rhino · 45 replies · 1,683+ views
    Secrets of the Dead Series webpage on PBS website ^ | © 2002 Educational Broadcasting Corporation | John Uhl; Thirteen/WNET New York.
    Certainly, it's hard to know whether to trust the allegations in the writings of Tacitus. Yet, what about the explanation offered by Nero, that the Christians were to blame? At least one scholar believes Nero was on the mark. Professor Gerhard Baudy of the University of Konstanz in Germany has spent fifteen years studying ancient apocalyptic prophecies. His studies have shown that in the poor districts of Rome, Christians were circulating vengeful texts predicting that a raging inferno would to reduce the city to ashes. "In all of these oracles, the destruction of Rome by fire is prophesied," Baudy explains....
  • Ancient Amazon Settlements Uncovered

    09/18/2003 7:38:01 PM PDT · by aruanan · 8 replies · 1,324+ views
    Science--AP ^ | Thu Sep 18, 7:26 PM ET | PAUL RECER, AP Science Writer
    Ancient Amazon Settlements Uncovered Thu Sep 18, 7:26 PM ET Add Science - AP to My Yahoo! By PAUL RECER, AP Science Writer WASHINGTON - The Amazon River basin was not all a pristine, untouched wilderness before Columbus came to the Americas, as was once believed. Researchers have uncovered clusters of extensive settlements linked by wide roads with other communities and surrounded by agricultural developments. The researchers, including some descendants of pre-Columbian tribes that lived along the Amazon, have found evidence of densely settled, well-organized communities with roads, moats and bridges in the Upper Xingu part of the vast...