AI Revives the Lost Wonders of the Ancient World

JJohn December 20, 2023 7:03 AM

Artificial Intelligence is breaking new ground by recreating the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, from the Colossus of Rhodes to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, using the Midjounrey image generator. This immersive project brings back the architectural marvels lost to time, wars, and disasters.

Revival of ancient marvels by AI

Artificial Intelligence, with the help of Midjounrey's imagine generator, has successfully brought back the lost Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The AI technology was able to recreate the marvels like the Colossus of Rhodes and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, which have been erased from the world due to various factors such as wars, the collapse of civilizations, and natural catastrophes. The only exception to this project was the Great Pyramid of Giza, the one wonder that has stood the test of time.

Among the recreated wonders, AI also features the Great Pyramid of Giza, a fascinating structure that continues to draw in tourists today. Constructed in the early 26th century BCE, it was a massive undertaking that took 27 years to complete. Over time, much of the smooth white limestone casing was removed, causing the pyramid's height to reduce from 146.6 meters to 138.5. However, AI has now restored the iconic white limestone casing, thus reviving the original look of the pyramid.

Colossus of Rhodes in accurate location

The AI recreation includes the Colossus of Rhodes, a renowned statue symbolizing the Greek sun god Helios. The impressive structure once graced the harbor of the Greek island of Rhodes until it collapsed in an earthquake in 226 BCE, after standing proudly for 54 years. Contrary to ancient artwork depicting the statue straddling the harbor entrance, researchers now believe it stood on a pedestal near the entrance. The AI-generated image aligns with this understanding, showcasing the statue in its accurate location and even including people for scale.

The AI's recreation of the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus reflects its tumultuous history. Dedicated to Artemis, the Greek goddess of various aspects of nature, this spectacular temple was constructed and demolished three times over the course of its existence. From Herostratus seeking fame to the Goths fleeing Romans, and finally, a Christian mob in 401 CE, each instance of destruction left only the foundation and a single column of the once grand temple. AI brings this wonder back to life in the frame of its glory days.

Sophistication of ancient lighthouse revealed

The AI project also includes the Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the most famous lighthouses in history, which stood tall on Pharos island in the ancient harbor of Alexandria. Built during the reign of Ptolemy II Philadelphus, the lighthouse was a testament to the intellectual achievements of the ancient world, a structure that revealed its mathematical and geometrical foundations. However, the lighthouse gradually decayed following three earthquakes between 965 and 1323 CE. AI now captures its original grandeur.

Recreation of the last destroyed wonder

The AI project also recreated the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, a remarkable structure built as a tomb for Mausolus, an ancient ruler. This wonder was so impressive that it birthed the term 'mausoleum,' now commonly used for significant funeral monuments. Combining elements from Greek, Near Eastern, and Egyptian traditions, it was built using various types of marble. The structure however, met its end due to several earthquakes between the 12th and 15th centuries, being the last of the six ancient wonders to decay.

Recreation of mysterious Hanging Gardens

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, reputedly featuring intricate terraces, stunning water features, and floating plants, is another wonder AI tries to recreate. According to legend, these gardens may have existed around 600 BCE, about 50 miles south of present-day Baghdad in Iraq. However, the only historical records of the gardens appear in ancient tales, and surprisingly, there's no mention of the gardens in any texts written by the Babylonian Emperor Nebuchadnezzar or his wife. If these gardens did indeed exist, they would have met their demise when the Achaemenid Empire conquered Babylon in 539 BC.

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