I consider history, especially ancient history a vapid subject. It is true. When I look at the photograph showing the remains of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, a monumental grave built by queen Artemisia, the sister/wife of king Mausolus, nothing happens.
Nothing. Thinking hard to come up with something intelligent to say about the historical site only brings up one opinion as it rises in frantic motion for attention:
Wow, look at that mess!
Yes, it is one hell of a rubble heap…
Of course, historical notes state it once stood as a splendid tomb built by the queen after the king, her brother, died. Excuse me a minute – the books say it was common for siblings to marry but I still have an image of Angelina Jolie kissing her brother on the lips as I shrug my shoulders, crease the brows and wonder why this bothers me. I’ll get over it.
Back to ancient history.
The mausoleum remained intact for nineteen centuries having Alexander the Great and even pirate occupation without any major disruption. Imagine that! A beautiful historical building filled with rich statues, relief carvings & standing tall for nineteen centuries. No wonder it became one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World.
But you and I know Mother Nature had other plans…
sudden surge shivers earth’s spine
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What are your thoughts on the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus?
This history moment came about because at Chevrefeuille’s Carpe Diem haiku site, he is taking writers on a tour of the seven wonders of the world. The challenge is to come up with a haiku for the featured wonder. I have to say, ancient history is hard enough, and to come up with an interesting haiku – a big challenge, indeed!
Hope you did not fall asleep. 🙂 Thank you!!