Colossus of Rhodes


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a huge bronze statue of the sun god Helios that was built around 285 BC and that stood beside the harbor entrance on the island of Rhodes for about 50 years before it was toppled by an earthquake

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There may be no trace of the famous Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, after a violent earthquake toppled it centuries ago, but there is still much to see of the long history of Rhodes.
There may be no trace of the famous Colossus of Rhodes - one of the Seven Wonders of the World - after a violent earthquake toppled it centuries ago, but there is still much to see of the long history of Rhodes dating back to the Stone Age.
One could draw a line from the Egyptians to the Colossus of Rhodes and the seated sculpture of Constantine I, the fragment head that begins this year's series.
Colossal statues were very popular in antiquity, as evidenced by the lost giant statues of the Colossus of Rhodes and the Colossus of Nero.
Its only claim to be anything to do with being a wonder of the modern world is that people from Europe were unaware of it until quite a few years after the Colossus of Rhodes collapsed and the only remaining intact ancient wonder was the great pyramid at Giza.
The Colossus of Rhodes was an expression of gratitude by the people of Rhodes to Helios, the Sun god, who, they believed, helped them triumph over a siege by Demetrius of Syria.
Standing spread-legged over the rafted bubbles like a small Colossus of Rhodes, I bend low for a closer look at the quivering, lens-like orbs, each one reflecting my image back to me.
The other six--the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, the Mausoleum of Maussollos at Halicarnassus, the Colossus of Rhodes, and the Lighthouse of Alexandria--were destroyed by earthquakes, fires, or other causes.
The Hanging Gardens in Babylon was a world wonder long lime ago, so was the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, the Colossus of Rhodes and last but not least the Lighthouse of Alexandria, the only one with a practical use in addition to its architectural elegance--it was to ensure the sailors' safe return to the Great Harbor.
The monuments Philon chose--to be remembered in perpetuity--were the Lighthouse of Alexandria, the Temple of Artemis, the Statue of Zeus, the Colossus of Rhodes, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus and Egypt's Pyramids of Giza.
Starting unexpectedly with Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989), and moving onto the popular pepla films with their oiled leading musclemen such as Atlas (1960) and The Colossus of Rhodes (1961), and ending with Robert Wise's Helen of Troy (1956), Nisbet highlights the major problems that Greece faces in a translation to the big screen.
Ash, author of such DK titles as The Top 10 of Everything, shows and tells how some of these wonders were constructed, too, with information on how the Great Pyramid at Giza and the Colossus of Rhodes were built, for instance.
The largest bronze casting, possibly the largest of all time, was the Colossus of Rhodes, which stood more than 100 ft.
If that's not enough culture for you, the Colossus of Rhodes - one of the seven wonders of the ancient world - is reputed to lie submerged in the port.