Colossus Of Rhodes 'Sham'
! Colossus Of Rhodes'Sharri' LONDON ;p) The Colossus of Rhodes, one of the seven ancient w-onders of the world, was described by a British scientist last night as a hoilow sham. Herbert Maryon, 79 - year - old sculptor-archeologist, told a meeting of the Society of Antiquaries the giant statue was: 1. Too small to stand astride the harbor of Rhodes. 2. Made of , thin bronze sheets instead of solid bronze. The statue, of the sun god Helios, was the work of a sculptor named Chares, who spent 12 years on his masterpiece. It was "erected in 230 B.C. An -earthquake tumbled it 53 years later. The story handed down through the years is that the statue stood with a beacon in its hands and one foot on each side of the harbor entrance, with enough clearance for ships to pass underneath. Maryon said a study of classical inscriptions, showed the statue was 120 feet high and the harbor 600 feet wide, which would make the famous straddle an anatomical im- fpossibility.