Herbert Maryon on the Colossus of Rhodes, Santa Cruz Sentinel, 6 December 1953
Says Colossus Of Rhodes Was Sham London W. The Colossus of Rhodes, one of the seven ancient wonders of the world, was described by a British scientist last night as a hollow sham. Herbert Maryon, 79-year-o id sculptor-archeologist, 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 stable, 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 a study of classical inscriptions showed the statue was 120 feet high and the harbor 600 feet wide, which would make the famous straddle an anatomical impossibility.