Herbert Maryon on the Colossus of Rhodes, The Plain Speaker, 4 December 1953

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Herbert Maryon on the Colossus of Rhodes, The Plain Speaker, 4 December 1953 - Colossus Is Termed 'Sham' London, Dec. 4. (JP)...
Colossus Is Termed 'Sham' London, Dec. 4. (JP) The Colossus Colossus of Rhodes, one of the seven ancient wonders of the world, was described by a British' scientist last night as a hollow shcaa. Herbert Herbert Maryon, 79-year-old 79-year-old 79-year-old 79-year-old 79-year-old 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 statue, 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 63 years later. , The story handed down through the years is that the statue stood with a beacon in its hands alfd one foot on each side of the' harbor en trance, with enough clearance for ships to pass underneath. Maryon said he 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 the famous straddle an anatomical im possibility. Furthermore, he said, his re search indicated the heroic figure was not cast in one piece, as hith erto supposed, but was made of bronze sheets beaten into shape and riveted together, Maryon esti mated the thickness of the sheets as equal to that of a British penny about a 15th of an inch..

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  1. The Plain Speaker,
  2. 04 Dec 1953, Fri,
  3. Page 29

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