Colossus of Rhodes
The Colossus of Rhodes is a statue built on the Greek island of Rhodes. It was built between 292 and 280 BC. It was a depiction of the Greek titan God of the Sun, Helios and constructed to celebrate the victory against the ruler Cyrus. The word Colossus means ‘a statue much bigger than life size’.
The statue was one of the seven wonders of ancient world. It was created by Greek sculptor Chares of Lindos. The statue stood tall upon a white marble pedestal which is approximately 15 meters high. It was damaged by an earthquake.
Quick Facts: –
- The Colossus of Rhodes was approximately 98.4 feet high.
- The statue stood for a total of 54 years before getting destroyed by a massive earthquake in 226 BC.
- It was built as a symbol of freedom.
- The exterior of the statue was made mainly from metals, iron and bronze and the interior was made from stone that was carved and sculptured.
- Pieces of the statue lay on the ground for around 800 years until it was robbed of its bronze by an Arab force.
- Ptolemy III, the King of Egypt offered to pay for reconstruction of the Colossus of Rhodes but Rhodians refused.
- In the 7th century A.D. the Arabs dismantled the leftovers of the statue after conquering the Rhodians and sold it as scrap metal.
- Approximately 900 camels were used to carry away all the scrap metal.
- The Statue of Liberty has been referred as the ‘Modern Colossus’.
- The Colossus of Rhodes was not rebuilt because the Rhodians believed that Helios himself was angered by the Statue and caused the earthquake that destroyed it.
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