My Dad was kidding when he suggested the seven wonders of the ancient world as the inspiration for a mother’s day/father’s day meal, but I went with it. Here is a very brief description of the wonders themselves for anyone who wants to follow along.
280 BC: The Colossus of Rhodes, a statue so big it appeared to span two sides of a harbor (and was depicted that way in art, although it was really on one side), based on Helios, the sun-God in Greek mythology, and inspired the Statue of Liberty (hence the new Colossus)
280 BC: The lighthouse of Alexandria, the brightest, tallest lighthouse ever constructed at that time, it basically had a huge fire and a huge mirror which allowed them to signal to ships more effectively. The structure was built with a huge walkway around it so that tourists could walk around and admire Alexandria – it might be the first structure ever built just for tourists.
290 BC: The hanging gardens of Babylon, which were actual gardens built in the dessert in Iraq; Nebuchadnezzar II built them for his wife Amytis, so the princess wouldn’t miss her greener home.
600 BC: The temple of Diana, shout out to my lady-worshippers, but apparently they performed occasional human sacrifices – yikes. On the plus side, this one temple apparently housed several different groups of Diana’s biggest fans over time, probably including the Amazons, who were apparently actually Slavic.
2560 BC: The pyramids of Giza, the only wonder still standing and the one I don’t have to explain.
435 BC: The statue of Zeus, made of ivory and gold, but hollow — eventually was filled with a whole world of small rodents, and their running around inside made a noise that people decided to interpret as the statue being alive.
350 BC: Finally, the mausoleum of halicarnassus. This was the world’s first mausoleum, named after the person whose ashes were supposed to be inside — Mausolus — except that actually his sister-wife (yeah she was both) Artemesia II drank Mausolus’s ashes with a bunch of wine and spices after his death.
Finally, a warning: these are the least detailed recipes I saved. Some are just ideas. I hope the pictures and descriptions make it worth it anyway.