Ancient World Wonder Called Hollow Sham
Ancient World Wonder Called Hollow Sham ' LONDON, Dec. 7. (JPV The Colossus Colossus of Rhodes, one of the seven ancient wonders of the world, has been described by a British scientist scientist as a hollow sham. Herbert Maryon, 79 - year - old sculptor-archaeologist, sculptor-archaeologist, sculptor-archaeologist, 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 280 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 he has determined from a study of classical inscriptions 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. impossibility. Furthermore, he said, his research research indicated the heroic figure was not cast in one piece, as hitherto hitherto supposed, but was made of bronze sheets beaten into shape and riveted together. Maryon estimated estimated the thickness of the sheets as equal to that of a British penny about a 15th of an inch.