Classical Conversations Cycle 1 Week 4


Colosse_de_Rhodes_(Barclay)What is the Colossus of Rhodes?

The Colossus of Rhodes was a 110 foot tall statue of the Greek titan god God of the sun, Helios.  It was coated in bronze and overlooked the harbor of the island of Rhodes. The statue was built by the Rhodians in celebration of their victory over the ruler of Cyprus, which was obtained with the help from Ptolemy I of Egypt. The statue stood for 54 years until the third century, in 226 BC, when it collapsed during an earthquake.




Great-Pyramid-of-Giza-in-EgyptWhat and where are the Great Pyramids?

The Great Pyramids are located in Giza, Egypt and were built as a tomb for the Fourth Dynasty Egyptian pharaoh Khufu. The middle and tallest of the pyramids is known as the pyramid of Khufu, and is almost 450 feet tall. Until the 19th century, it was the tallest building in the world. The three smaller pyramids were built for Khufu’s wives.


Mausoleum of HalicarnassusWhat and where is the Mausoleum? (image source)

The Mausoleum was commissioned after the death of Mausolus, the ruler of common day Turkey, in the fourth century BC. His queen was greatly grieved by his death and had the Mausoleum fashioned in honor of him. The tomb was 140 feet tall, topped with columns, and had a statue of a chariot and horses at the top of the roof. The Mausoleum was destroyed by crusaders in the 15th century; prior to this it had great damage from earthquakes.


temple of artemisWhat and where is the Temple of Artemis? (image source)

The Temple of Artemis was built in the city of Ephesus, which was once a great trading center on the Mediterranean. Artemis, Greek goddess of fertility and hunt, was one of the patron goddesses and several temples were built in her honor; the greatest was built in the sixth century B.C. The fourth century B.C. temple was burnt and rebuilt with solid marble. The temple was destroyed by the goths in the third century A.D.


Hanging_Gardens_of_BabylonWhat and where are the Hanging Gardens?

King Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylon had the Hanging Gardens built in the seventh century as a gift for his homesick bride. The gardens were high, arched terraces set on pillars and were covered with a thick layer of earth. Structures designed to pump water into the gardens has recently been uncovered by archaeologists.


Pharos LighthouseWhat and where is the Pharos Lighthouse? (image source)

The Pharos Lighthouse was built during the early third century BC. It is on a small island called Pharos that faces the city of Alexandria, Egypt. The lighthouse is the worlds first and it stood 400 feet tall and used a curved mirror to project firelight into a beam of light. It was significantly damaged in an earthquake in the fourth century AD, and finally destroyed in another earthquake in the fourteenth century A.D.


Statue_of_ZeusWhat and where is the Statue of Zeus?

The Statue of Zeus was built during the fifth century BC by the Greeks on the Olympic grounds on the coast of Greece. The statue was 40 feet high and was overlaid with ivory, gold, and precious gems. In the fourth century BC the statue was moved to Constantinople when Emperor Theodosius outlawed the Olympic games. Having a wooden frame, the statue was destroyed in a fire in the fifth century.


The resources for this week are endless!! So hard to decide! Below is a BBC documentary on the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World. I just couldn’t leave it out!

*Warning, I haven’t watched it all the way through yet to ensure that it is appropriate for all ages.


Other Resources: Story of the World V. 1 Ch. 4 pp. 28-31, V.1 Ch. 17 pp. 124-127, V.1 Ch. 23 pp. 169-172; Everything You Need To Know About World History Homework p.25; The Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History pp.116-117, 150-151, 160-161; Mystery of History L. 89, L.11, L. 84, L.64, L.58, L. 87, L. 77


Parts of a plant cell


Cell Wall – tough, outer layer that protects the cell and gives it structure

Cell Membrane – inside the cell wall and helps protect and support the cell

Cytoplasm – fills the membrane, with a jelly like substance, and supports the organelles and the nucleus

Nucleus – stores the DNA, the cell’s genetic information

Vacuoles – storage container of the cell, some store food while others store waste products

Mitochondria – convers sugars into ATP energy. ATP = adenosine triphosphate

Chloroplasts – contains a molecule that is used in photosynthesis called chlorophyll

Golgi Bodies – prepare proteins and carbohydrates to be transported from the cell


Other Resources: Everything You Need To Know About Science Homework pp. 11-13


Skip count the 7’s

Skip count the 8’s



Prepositions (week 4 prepositions start at 15 seconds)





Hittite Empire

Hittite Empire



Other resources for the Hittite Empire: Story of the World V.1 ch.7 pp.46-50 & V.1 ch.8 p.53; The Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History p. 133

Fine Arts

abstract artAbstract Art (image source)

Abstract Art is a painting or structure that does not represent a person, place, or thing in the natural world.

Click here to be taken to for a great explanation of abstract art. Scroll down to week 4 on her page!


Timeline (week 4 starts at 1 minute and 15 seconds)


History Timeline Song Video with Music Only – Classical Conversations from Eneldo on Vimeo.


Click here for a great correlating booklist  created by The list is broken down for each CC subject.

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