Herbert Maryon on the Colossus of Rhodes, The Indiana Gazette, 5 December 1953
Britisher Belittles World Mark IOHDON tfWThe Colossus of Rhodes, one of the seven ancient wonders of the world, was described by a British scientist last night aa a hollow sham. Herbert Maryon, 79-year old sculptor- archaeologist, told a meeting of the Society of Antiquaries the giant statue was: >• Too sman to stand astride the harbor of Rhodes. S. Made of thin bronze sheets instead of solid bronse. The Statue, of the sun god Helios, was the work of a sculptor named Chares, who spent 12 years on his masterpiece, It wal erected in 280 B.C, An earthquake tumbled it 83 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 inseript- tions that the statue was in fact 120 feet high and the harbor 600 feet wide, wich 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 bronse sheets beaten into shape and riveted together. Maryon estimated the thickness of the sheets as equal to that of a British penny —about a 18th of an inch.