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THE SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD

Here's a useful mnemonic sentence to recall the names and locations of all seven wonders of the ancient world:

"PEGGI'S GARB, PAL? COLOR TEMP, DEF..", STATES JO (OZ) TO MAHAL

1. Pyramids of Egypt (Giza)
2. Hanging Gardens of Babylon (Baghdad)
3. Pharos of Alexandria
4. Colossus of Rhodes
5. Temple of Diana (Ephesus)
6. Statue of Jupiter (or Zeus) in Olympia
7. Tomb of Mausolus (Halicarnassus)

(Phonetic key to sentence:)
P-Eg-Giz, Gar-B, P-Al, Colo-R, Temp-D-Eph, Stat-J-O(Z), To-Ma-Hal

"Jo (Oz)" is also a reminder that Jupiter was the Roman name for the Greek God Zeus.

The last part ("..To-Ma-Hal") is a double reminder:
a) of the most difficult name/place, and
b) that the Taj Mahal is not included!
One can also memorise "..to Mahal, a minor" (as Halicarnassus is in Asia Minor).

E. Cobham Brewer wrote a poem on the subject which, despite its eloquence, can create some confusion:

The PYRAMIDS first, which in Egypt were laid;
Then BABYLON'S GARDENS, for Am'ytis made;
Third, MAUSOLUS' TOMB, of affection and guilt;
Fourth, the TEMPLE OF DIAN, in Ephesus built;
Fifth, COLOSSUS OF RHODES, cast in bronze, to the sun;
Sixth, JUPITER'S STATUE, by Philidas done;
The PHAROS OF EGYPT, last wonder of old,
Or the PALACE OF CYRUS, cemented with gold.

 

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