The Ancient Seven Wonders Of The World – A Book Review

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While some sites may have changed over the years, others like the Egyptian Pyramids and The Chichen Itza in Prague, may seem more interesting due to their unique architectural aspects.

This is the case with the ancient city of Troy, which may have fallen to the Trojans many centuries ago but has now been reclaimed by the Greek populace. Likewise, while certain cultures may have disappeared in the remotest areas of the globe, others such as those of Easter Island and Polynesia, still stand today as living legacies. The book covers all of these and much more, with rare pictures that provide insight into some of mankind’s past.

Sold Close To Three Million Copies

A view of a mountain

At the time of its publishing, the book had already sold close to three million copies. This phenomenal success has not only made the book available in its native Spanish but it also brings the reader from across the globe to the exotic and historic corners of the world. To say that this is a work of art would be an understatement. It is an utterly unforgettable experience that takes one from the everyday and into the extraordinary.

One wonders if the publisher realized the scope of this work when it first came out. After all, it is a book about seven wonders of the world – Egypt, Israel, Greece, Rome, China, North Korea, The Holy Land and The United States. Indeed, almost every other country and civilization were represented. Even Central America was represented with its Inca trail. The list goes on. This volume takes you on a trip through time and space and teaches the reader something about each of these important places.

The Inspiration For This Book Actually Came From

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It’s hard to tell exactly where the inspiration for this book actually came from. Was it from ancient mythology, pop culture, travel literature or Hollywood? It’s almost impossible to pinpoint exactly where the inspiration came from because the book really doesn’t tell us. There are very few references to other books and movies. In fact, there is one reference to Star Wars that throws a monkey wrench into the works, though.

However, there is no denying that the book’s inspiration comes from ancient mythology. This book is written mostly in Latin, but there are some English translations (provided by the publisher) and a few Italian and German ones. The book takes its information from ancient Greek mythology as well as Egyptian and Roman mythology. Ancient Greek mythology places greater emphasis on astronomy while ancient Egyptian and Roman mythology places greater emphasis on mythology and the magus.

An Actual Travel Journal

This book reads like an actual travel journal. There are entries about destinations such as Jerusalem, the Sahara Desert, Egypt and Mexico. Some are brief notes while others are in-depth stories about each destination. There are also entries about the waypoints along the journey. These include the weather, time of day, the temperature, etc.

What I really like about this book is the organization of information. Not only does it have a table of contents with chapters listed after chapters, but there are also sidebars that provide further information about certain topics. For example, there is a sidebar that provides information on the places of archaeological interest in Israel and the West Bank. There is also a map of the region with all the major destinations indicated.


The author, Yael Abbai, is a member of the Galilee Institute for Peace. I can’t say that this book is really “The Seven Wonders of the World” but I am very sure that for anyone who has even merely looked at a map of the Middle East – or any map of the world for that matter – can understand the significance of these places in terms of spirituality and humanity. This book also uses ancient mythology to explain scientific facts. Abbai does an excellent job of explaining things and his explanations are easy to understand.

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