Seven Wonders of the Ancient World Assembly
I decided to limit the Wonders of the ‘Man-Made’ World to the Seven Wonders of the Classical World as, had I based a script on modern-day wonders, the list would have been endless. I am happy to write a script based on modern day wonders but will wait on a teacher making such a request – with a list I can work from! Otherwise making an arbitrary choice of wonders is an impossible task!
- Great Pyramid of Giza
- Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
- Temple of Artemis
- Statue of Zeus at Olympia
- Colossus of Rhodes
- Lighthouse of Alexandria
- Hanging Gardens of Babylon
Cast of 30 – easily adaptable up or down. Duration – around 15 minutes reading time (not including music suggestions)
This Key Stage II Class play follows on from two other assemblies (KSI & II) on the Wonders of the Natural World – under the title of Awe and Wonder and found in the PSHE section of the website.
Narrator: (Cowering) Oh, Oh! Not another unhappy god! Helios, god of the sun, am I right?
Helios: Yes, and my statue was known as the Colossus of Rhodes, built 280B.C. in the city of Rhodes, on that same Greek island, by one Charles of Lindos; and destroyed 226 B.C.
Narrator: Ah but you were so impressive – all 108 feet of you! That’s about the same as the Statue of Liberty! Certainly the tallest statue of the ancient world!
Helios: And that’s meant to make me feel better?
Narrator: Well, there was nothing anyone could have done to save you. As I think I remember hearing before, that’s earthquakes for you!
But here, let us take a look at you, Helios, god of the sun, in your prime – or rather, that of your statue!
(Narrator holds up picture of Colossus of Rhodes)
Narrator: Behold the Colossus of Rhodes!
(Helios bows and exits)
Narrator: (Consulting notes) Five down, two to go!
Heckler: (Yawning) How many did you say?
Narrator: Don’t tell me you haven’t been counting? Or is anything over five a bit of a struggle for you?
Heckler: Ooh! That’s not nice! And just to show you I am actually interested in the past, I’ll give this next one my undivided attention!
(To audience) Let’s hope it’s a good one!
(Enter Pharaoh Ptolemy II)
Music 7 Carl Orff – O Fortuna – Carmina Burana
Ptolemy II: Ah so you are here to admire the Lighthouse of Alexandria! Behold!
(Ptolemy II holds up picture of Lighthouse)
Ptolemy II: Pretty impressive, huh?
Ptolemy II: Well, in 268 B.C. it was the tallest building in the world
Heckler: Apart from the Great Pyramid of Giza! So, not quite the tallest
Ptolemy II: Well, no
Heckler: And I’m guessing – another earthquake?
Ptolemy II: Well, yes but
Heckler: No buts. Wake me up again when there’s something truly stupendous!
Ptolemy II: (Indignantly) But I thought it was wondrous you were covering today?
(Exit Ptolemy II)
Narrator: (Sighing heavily and clutching head) Well, I guess that’s it. With just one more to go, let’s hope a miracle is about to happen!
Music 8 Rivers of Babylon – Boney M