Colossus of Rhodes: Scientist Says Wonder of World Statue Hollow Sham

Herbert Maryon on the Colossus of Rhodes, The Corpus Christi Caller-Times, 4 December 1953

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On Potter COLOSSUS OF RHODES Scientist Says Wonder of World Statue Hollow Sham LONDON, Dee. 4. (AP)~The Colossus of Rhodes, one of the sev- *_vn--~.jxja VL AHAUUCa, Ullt; UL LUC 23GV- ancient .venders of the world, by a British scicn- tisil last night as a hollow sham. Herbert Muryon, 79-year-old sculp- tor-r-rchkeoioglst, told a meeting | of the society of Antiquaries thl i ant statue w do the I giant statue was: 1. Too small to 'stand astride the harbor of Rhodes. 2. Made of thin bronze sheets instead instead of solid bronze. The statue of the sun god Ridgway To Inspect Fort BHss Monday WASHINGTON, Dec. 4. (AP)-Gen. (AP)-Gen. Matthew B. Ridgway, Army chief of slaff, will leave Monday for an inspection trip to Fort Bliss T e x a s , and the White Sands, N. M., guided missile proving ground. He is due to reach Bliss at El Helios, waa the work o£ a sculptor named Chares, who spent 12 on his masterpiece. It was erected in 280 B.C. An earthquake tu- bled it 53 years later. The story handed down through the years is that the statue stood with a beacon in its hands and 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 inscriptions that the statue was in fact 120 feet high and the harbor 600 feet wide, which would make famous straddle an anatomical impossibility. Furthermore, he said, his research research indicated the heroic'figure was not cast in one piece, as hitherto supposed, but w,as made of bronze sheets beaten into shape and riveted together. Maryon estimated estimated the thickness of the as equal to that of a British --about a 15th of an inch

Clipped from The Corpus Christi Caller-Times04 Dec 1953, FriPage 31

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times (Corpus Christi, Texas)04 Dec 1953, FriPage 31
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