Rhodes Colossus Didn't Span Port, Briton Declares
RHODES COLOSSUS DIDN'T SPAN PORT, BRITON DECLARES LONDON, Dec. 4 (AP) The colossus of Rhodes, one of the leven ancient wonders of the world, was described by a British scientist last night as a hollow sham. Herbert Maryon, 79-year-old aculptor-archaeolo-glst, told a meeting of the Society of Antiquaries the giant statute was: ) 1. Too small to staand 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 280 B.C. An earthquake tumbled it 53 years later. The story handed down through the years is that the statue itood 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 he has determined from a study of classical inscriptions that the statue was in fact 120 feet high and the harbor 600 feet wide, which would make the famous straddle an anatomical impossibility.