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7 Wonders of Medieval Mind
Wonders of Medieval Mind
The medieval mind, just like the classical mind before
it, was captivated by the wondrous things people had made. For much
of the thousand-year period known as the Middle Ages, most Europeans
lived in small, isolated communities; travel was difficult and often
dangerous; and knowledge was confined to, and often controlled by
men of the church. The great civilizations of Greece and Rome were
long gone, but even so, some of their glory was still remembered.
Travelers brought back tales of an incredible civilization in the
East which sparked the European imagination.
Following the third century B.C. when lists of wonders were compiled,
many scholars and philosophers modified these lists to reflect their
own opinions. At some point around the Middle Ages, another list
appeared - the medieval world's seven wonders.
The surviving list holds a particular fascination because only
some of its marvels actually date from the Middle Ages. The list
represents almost 4,500 years of human endeavor.
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