Herbert Maryon on the Colossus of Rhodes, Abilene Reporter-News, 5 December 1953
Colossus of Rhodes Hollow Sham, Scientist Declares LONDON Wl--The Colossus of Rhodes, one, of the -seven ancient wunders 01 the world, was described by a British scientist Thursday night as a hollow sham. Herbert Maryon, 39-year old sculp tor- ' archaeologist, told a meeting of the Society of Antiquaries the giant Btatue'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 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 he has determined from a study of classical inscriptions that the statue, was in fact 120 feet high and the harbor 600 feet v.ide. wlch would make the Â· famous straddle an anatomical Impossibility. - Â·Â·'Â· Â· Furthermore,- he said, his re- Â·earch indicated the heroic figure Â·as not cast In one piece, as rto supposed, but was made o ronze sheets beaten Into shape nd riveted together. Maryon estt latcd the thickness of the sheets s equal to that of a British --about a 15th of an Inch. '?*'