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 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.
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 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.
Rhodes Town itself was founded in 418BC, though much of the ancient city - including the famed Colossus of Rhodes, a 98ft-high bronze statue and one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - was destroyed by a series of earthquakes.
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.
In 1960, he directed his first movie, ``The Colossus of Rhodes.
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.
The Colossus of Rhodes cast less of a shadow across the sparkling waters of the Med than does Johnston over the handicap system.
In classical times when Greece ruled the world they came to view the famous Colossus of Rhodes (one of the seven wonders of the world) until it was destroyed by an earthquake in 226BC.