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 described by a British scientist last night as a hollow sham. Herbert Mar) on, 79-year-old 79-year-old 79-year-old 79-year-old 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, Helios, was the work of a sculptor named Chares, who spent 12 years on his masterpiece. It was erected erected in 2K0 B. C. An earthquake tumbled it-3,1 it-3,1 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- har- bor entrance, with enough clear- clear- a nee for ships to pass underneath. Maryon said he has determined from a study of classical inscriptions 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- im- j possibility.