Archaeologist Says One Of 7 Wonders Of World A Sham
I Archaeologist Says One Of 7 Wonders Of World A Sham LONDON i.T'i The Colossus of Rhodes, one of the seven ancient wonders of the world, was described by a British scientist last night as a hollow sham. Herbert Mar) on, 79-year-old 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 2K0 B. C. An earthquake tumbled it-3,1 years later. The story handed down through the years is that tiie statue stood with a beacon in its hands and one foot on each side of the har- bor entrance, with enough clear- a nee for ships to pass underneath. Maryon said he has determined from a study of classical inscriptions that the statue was in fa:t 120 feet high and the harbor 600 feet wide, which would make the famous straddle in anatomical im- j possibility.