Herbert Maryon on the Colossus of Rhodes, The Eagle, 8 December 1953
Describes One of Seven Wonders Of World As Being Just A Hollow Sham LONDON (/P) — The Colossus of Rhodes, one of the seven ancient wonders of the world, was described by a British scientist as a hollow sham. Herbert Maryon, 79-year old 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 thine bronze sheets instead of solid bronze. The Statue, of the sun god Helios, was the work of a sculp- Kemp Sludenfs Af Hi-Y Meeting A group of Bryan boys and girls attended the Southwest Area Council of the Hi-Y and Try-Y held Friday through Sunday at Prairie View College. Workshops on religion, human tor 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 t>jot 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 POO feet wide, which would make the famous straddle an anatomical impossibility. Furthermore, he said, his research indicated the 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 the thickness of the sheets as equal to that of a British penny—about a 15th of an inch.