Herbert Maryon on the Colossus of Rhodes, The Kansas City Times, 12 December 1953
Only 6 ^ World Wonders?. Mosf people know there were seven ancient wonders of the world. But was it actually that number? A British natural scientist has suggested in the polite and cultured language of his calling that maybe one of them—the Colossus (Df Rhodes—was a fake. Herbert Maryon has completed twelve years of archaeological research causing him to question \he story that the famous statue of the sun -god Helios actually stood with a beacon in its iands and one foot on each side of the harbor tof Rhodes so that ships could pass underneath. tFrom classical inscriptions Maryon has figured Tthat the statue was only 120 feet high and there- 'iore too small to straddle a harbor 600 feet wide. .He also concluded that it was made of thin Tbronze sheets and not solid bronze as advertised. 1 Since the Colossus was tumbled by an earthquake about the year 224 B. C., it’s no longer ’around for measuring. And if Mr. Maryon •doesn’t mind too much, we’d just as soon go !right on believing that the ancient world held 'seven wonders, not six and one-half as he Implies.