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message 1: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (last edited Mar 31, 2019 04:49PM) (new)

Diane | 12897 comments The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus

Artist's rendering of the ancient wonder

Some history about this ancient wonder:
The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus was an ancient tomb in present day Bodrum, Turkey. It was one of the last of the standing Wonders of the Ancient World. It was destroyed by an earthquake in the 15th century. The tomb contained many statues made by Greek sculptors. Some of these sculptures still survive today. The building was named after Mausolus, a ruler of the region. The term "mausoleum" later became a generic term referring to any above-ground tomb. The Mausoleum also has influenced modern architecture, including the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne, Australia and the Masonic House of the Temple of the Scottish Rite in Washington, DC.

Challenge Rules:
Dates: Books must be read between April 1-April 30, 2019
Genre: Any genre
Format: Any format
Length: Minimum of 100 pages, or equivalent (for audiobooks and ebooks)
Posting: Must post both picture of book cover and link to book in the Reporting thread

Scoring (Can count as many of the following options as apply)

5 points: Book set in Turkey
4 points: Book mentions the the the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus (must include reference)
3 Points: Book mentions either Halicarnassus or Bodrum, Turkey
2 Points: Book is translated from the Turkish language
1 Point: Book characters visit a tomb or mausoleum

5 Points: Written by a Turkish Author
4 Points: Author has initials using letters found in Mausolus in their first and last name
3 Points: Author lived in either Melbourne, Australia or Washington, DC.
2 Points: Author born in April
1 Point: Author lived during the 15th century

5 Points: Book title and subtitle contain all of the letters in Halicarnassus
4 Points: Title is at the bottom of the book cover
3 Points: Title contains a word or name that contains 13 letters
2 Points: Title contains a word with double letters (ex. boSS, faLL)
1 Point: Title has exactly 3 words (not including subtitle)

COVER (must post picture)
5 Points: Has picture of a tomb
4 Points: Shows a structure with columns
3 Points: Has an ancient Greek sculpture
2 Points: Shows a seaport
1 Point: Has picture of a horse or horses

5 Points: >500 pages
4 Points: 401-500 pages
3 Points: 301- 400 pages
2 Points: 201-300 pages
1 Point: 100-200 pages

Book reporting thread will be opened when the challenge begins. Feel free to ask any questions or share reading plans/ideas on this thread.

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Mome_Rath | 1344 comments At last, the mausoleum! For some reason I’ve viewed this as the toughest wonder, since I don’t know of many books about mausoleums, but I’m kind of excited by the challenge. And that I have access to my home library again.

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Istanbul Memories and the City by Orhan Pamuk Istanbul: Memories and the City by Orhan Pamuk.

This was definitely the hardest challenge so far to find a good book that added up to a fair number of points.

5pts set in Turkey
2 pts translated from Turkish language

5pts written by Turkish author

Book Length
3 pts 301-400 pages
Total 15 points

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