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Expert Debunks One of World Wonders: Colossus of Rhodes
EXPERT DEBUNKS ONE OF WORLD WONDERS: COLOSSUS OF RHODES LONDON, Dec. 4 (f) The Colossus of Rhodes, one of the accepted seven ancient wonders of the world, was described by a British scientist last night as a hollow sham. Herbert Maryon, 79, a sculptor-archaeologist, told a meeting of the Society of Antiquaries the giant statue was too small to stand astride the harbor of Rhodes and was not solid bronze as reputed. 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 280 B. C. and an earthquake tumbled it 53 years later. The story handed down thru the years is that the figure stood with one foot on each side of the harbor entrance, with enough clearance for ships to pass underneath. Maryon said he has determined from a study of classical inscriptions that the statue was 120 feet high and the harbor 600 feet wide, which would make the fa mous straddle an anatomical impossibility. Furthermore, he said, the heroic figure was made of thin bronze sheets beaten into shape and riveted.