Ancient Wonders: The Colossus of Rhodes

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So far in the Ancient Wonders series we have looked at The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, The Colosseum, Stonehenge and the Great Wall of China. We now return to the original list of the Seven Wonders of the World, compiled in the 2nd century BC, by investigating the Colossus of Rhodes.

The Colossus has captured popular imagination ever since its construction over 2200 years ago. A huge bronze statue located in the harbour of the Greek island city of Rhodes, it can be seen as an Ancient equivalent to the Statue of Liberty; in fact, it was approximately the same size. Despite its place in legend, the statue itself barely stood for fifty years. So how and why was it constructed?

An imagining of the ancient city of Rhodes, with the Colossus, by Frantisek Kupka, 1906.

The city of Rhodes was built around 408 BC as…

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