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Halloween Costumes 2009

Wonders of the Ancient World

Wonders of the Ancient World
Michael came up with this year's theme of "Wonders of the Ancient World".  We dressed as the Great Pyramids of Giza, Colossus of Rhodes, Lighthouse at Alexandria, Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Hanging Gardens of Babylon and Temple of Artemis at Ephesus.  Extra credit if you know the seventh wonder without having to scroll down.


Felicia spent many days and nights prior to Halloween with all the sewing for the costumes and she did an amazing job, as usual. Blaine constructed the lighthouse and painted hieroglyphics on Jason's sash along with the gardens on Rosemary's shirt. Jason's torque and bracelets were created from hundreds of beads. At night, both Michael's torch and Felicia's lighthouse would light up which made it fun on Halloween night.

Most Original Costume Award Diablo Magazine Costume Contest:
Award for "Most Original"

Downtown Halloween Costume Contest Parade:
"Best Group Theme" winner

Pyramids of Giza (Jason) Temple of Artemis (Amara)

Great Pyramids of Giza

Jason as the Great Pyramids of Giza Amara as the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus Temple of Artemis at Ephesus

The great Pyramids at Giza, which date from the Old Kingdom (2700-2300 B.C.) are the oldest and most famous of the Seven Wonders of the World.  The Great Pyramids in Egypt are the only of of the Seven Wonders that survive substantially intact.

The Temple of Artemis, also known less precisely as Temple of Diana, was a Greek temple dedicated to Artemis (goddess of the moon, the hunt, forests and hills). The whole temple was made of marble except for the roof. Completed around 550 B.C. at Ephesus (in present-day Turkey) only the foundations and sculptural fragments of the temple remain today.
Colossus of Rhodes (Michael) Hanging Gardens of Babylon (Rosemary)
Colossus of Rhodes Michael as the Colossus of Rhodes Rosemary as the Hanging Gardens of Babylon Hanging Gardens of Babylon
The Colossus of Rhodes was a statue of the god Helios, erected on the Greek island of Rhodes between 292 and 280 B.C. The Colossus stood over 30 meters (107 ft) high, making it one of the tallest statues of the ancient world before it was toppled by an earthquake in 226 B.C.  The design, posture and dimensions of the statue became the inspiration for the modern-day Statue of Liberty. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were built by Nebuchadnezzar about 600 B.C. to console his queen, who missed the mountains, trees and flowers of her native Persia. The lush gardens consisted of multiple terraces with massive slabs of stone to prevent the water from eroding the ground. Water was raised from the Euphrates River using something similar to an Archimedes screw.  The gardens were destroyed by several earthquakes after the 2nd century B.C.
Statue of Zeus at Olympia (Blaine) Lighthouse at Alexandria (Felicia)
Statue of Zeus at Olympia Blaine as the Statue of Zeus at Olympia Felicia as the Lighthouse at Alexandria Lighthouse at Alexandria
The Statue of Zeus at Olympia was made by the Greek sculptor Phidias, circa 432 BC on the site where it was erected in the Temple of Zeus, Olympia, Greece. For six hundred years after the death of the sculptor, people from all over the civilized world traveled to view it as it was thought to be a misfortune to die without seeing this work.

The statue was built around a wooden frame, with sheets of ivory and gold leaf. The seated statue, some 12 meters (39 feet) tall, occupied the whole width of the aisle of the temple built to house it. "It seems that if Zeus were to stand up," the geographer Strabo noted, "he would unroof the temple." The statue was destroyed by fire in the 5th or 6th century A.D.
The Lighthouse at Alexandria was built in 279 B.C. on the island of Pharos in Alexandria, Egypt, to serve as that port's landmark, and later, its lighthouse. With a height over 400 feet it was the world's third tallest building, after the two Great Pyramids during its entire lifetime.

Constructed from large blocks of light-colored stone, the tower was made up of three stages: a lower square section with a central core, a middle octagonal section, and, at the top, a circular section. At its apex was positioned a mirror which reflected sunlight during the day; a fire was lit at night.

Mausoleum of Masolus  
Mausoleum of Masolus Not represented in costume, but here for completeness. One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
The Mausoleum of Mausolus at Halicarnassus was erected between 353 and 350 B.C. by Artemisia II. The word mausoleum comes from Mausolus, a Persian governor who built the city of Halicarnassus. When Mausolus died his wife collected the greatest artisans from Greece to design and build the tomb. Though not as large as other structures, its aesthetic beauty and simplicity made it a wonder. It was so beautiful that invaders often left it untouched. Even after the city was destroyed, the tomb sat alone and undamaged for 15 centuries until a series of earthquakes reduced it to rubble.

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