July 21

The Wonders of the World

 

“On this day, in the year 356 BC, The Temple of Artemis was destroyed for the second time.  Previously, the Temple was destroyed in a flood.  The second destruction was through fire — an act of arson by a fame-seeking citizen.  Believe it or not, the Wonder was rebuilt…only to be destroyed by invading Goths

“The Temple, built to honor Artemis or Diana, was considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World — along with such legendary structures as the Colossus of Rhodes, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.  Of these Seven Wonders, only the Great Pyramid of Giza survived into modern times.

“Of course, the intercontinental ballistic missile attacks of the previous year reduced the Great Pyramid to rubble.

“We’ve made other lists of Wonders. The Great Wall of China, Stonehenge, The Golden Gate Bridge, and the Panama Canal were included on a revised list called the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.  Of these, Stonehenge had survived — guarded, some have surmised, by an ancient spell of protection.

“The spell must have failed.  Reports have come in from overseas that Stonehenge was demolished by enemy missiles.  The last of our Modern Wonders.”

The elderly historian sighed.  He put his head down in a moment of silence before continuing.

“Do not despair.  There will be more Wonders.  That is what we humans do.  We build wonders.

“And then destroy them.”