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“Everyone has heard of the Seven Wonders of the World,” wrote Philo of Byzantium two millennia ago, and it’s still true today. But what is a “Wonder”? And why seven of them? Why make such a list anyway, then or now? This class will use ancient texts, explorers’ accounts, and archaeological investigations to travel through several thousand years of history in the Mediterranean and Near Eastern world. We will consider how the Seven Wonders captured past imaginations; the aura of technological achievements; the intersections of history, memory, invention, and myth; and how members of one culture view another culture’s monuments.