'Colossus' Is 'Sham:' Scientist
'Colossus' Is 'Sham:1 Scientist LONDON WV-The WV-The WV-The Colossus of Rhodes one jf the seven ancient wonders of the world, was do-scribed do-scribed do-scribed by a British scientist Thursday night as a hollow sham. Hcvbert Maryon, 79-year-old 79-year-old 79-year-old 79-year-old 79-year-old sculptor-archaeologist, 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 statute, of the Sun God Helios, was the work of a sculptor named Chares, who spent 12 years on his masterpiece. It was erect ed 280 B.C. An earthquake tumbled tumbled it 53 years later. . The story handed down through the years is that the statue stood with a beacon in lis hands and one foot on each side of the harbor entrance, with enough clearanca for ships to pass underneath. MAKVON 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 ihe famous straddla an anatomical impossibility- impossibility- Furthermore, he said, his research research indicated that heroic figure was not cast in one piece as 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.