Herbert Maryon on the Colossus of Rhodes, Tucson Daily Citizen, 4 December 1953
In the citizens the the parts to a he S of and Colossus Called Sham LONDON--ffl--The Colossus of Hhpdes, one of the seven ancient wonders of the world, was,.described was,.described by a British scientist night as a hollow sham. Herbert Maryon, 79-year-old,, sculptor- archaeologist, told a meeting of the society of antiquaries the giant statue was: l.r-Too small to stand Â· astride the harbor of Rhode's. 2.--Made of thin bronze sheets instead of 'solid bronze. The statue, of the . sun god Helios, was the work of a sculptor sculptor named Chares, who spent years on his masterpiece. It was erected in' 2SO B.C. An earthquake earthquake tumbled it 53 years later. The story handed d o w through the years is that the statue stood with a beacon in 'hands and one foot on each of .the harbor entrance, .with enough clearance for /ships to tiass underneath. "Â·Â·MARYON SAID he has determined determined from a study of classical inscriptions that the statue was in fact 120 feet high 'and, the harbor 600 feet wide, which would make the famous straddle an. anatomical impossibility. -Furthermore, he said, . Ms 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 a British penny--about a 15th an inch.