Map of Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

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The Greeks conquered most of the known world (which centered around the eastern Mediterranean ) in the 4th century BC. That opened up a lot of travel opportunities for the Greeks into Egypt and Mesopotamia . Just like all travelers, they talked about the places they visited. That's how the list of Seven Wonders came to be. The Colossus of Rhodes was the last of the wonders created and the first to be destroyed, by an earthquake in 226/225 BC. All seven wonders only existed at the same time for about sixty years.
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