Colossus of Rhodes


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Colossus of Rhodes

(kəlŏs`əs), large statue of Helios, the sun god, destroyed by an earthquake in antiquity. Consider one of the Seven Wonders of the WorldSeven Wonders of the World,
in ancient classifications, were the Great Pyramid of Khufu (see pyramid) or all the pyramids with or without the sphinx; the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, with or without the walls; the mausoleum at Halicarnassus; the Artemision at Ephesus; the
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 by the ancients, it was built in part by Chares of Lindus (Rhodes) between 292 and 280 B.C. Its bronze was taken from the machines and tools left behind by Demetrius IDemetrius I
(Demetrius Poliorcetes) , c.337–283 B.C., king of Macedon. The son of Antigonus I, he proved himself a very able commander in his father's wars, particularly against Ptolemy I. Though Ptolemy defeated him at Gaza in 312 B.C.
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 after his unsuccessful siege of Rhodes. According to legend, the 100 ft (30.5 m) statue stood astride the harbor and ships passed between its legs. In reality, it stood on a promontory overlooking the harbor, and the representational type is well known from images on coins of the same period.

Colossi also existed elsewhere in the ancient world. In Egypt, for example, there were many colossuses, 50 to 60 ft (15.2 to 18.3 m) high. The Athena Parthenos on the Acropolis at Athens and the Zeus in the temple at Olympia in Greece were other examples. In Japan, the word daibutsu describes colossal statues of Buddha, usually over 16 ft (5 m) in height. The most notable are those at Nara, Kamakura, and Kyoto. Of two colossal figures of Jesus in South America, one is at Rio de Janeiro, and the other, the Christ of the AndesChrist of the Andes,
statue of Jesus commemorating a series of peace and boundary treaties between Argentina and Chile. Dedicated Mar. 13, 1904, it stands in Uspallata Pass, high in the Andes, on the Argentine-Chilean boundary.
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, on the boundary between Argentina and Chile. An example of a modern colossus is the Statue of LibertyLiberty, Statue of,
statue on Liberty Island in Upper New York Bay, commanding the entrance to New York City. Liberty Island, c.10 acres (4 hectares), formerly Bedloe's Island (renamed in 1956), was the former site of a quarantine station and harbor fortifications.
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 in New York harbor.

Colossus of Rhodes

statue of Apollo; wonder of ancient world. [Gk. Hist.: Osborne, 256]
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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.
51) Recalling celebrated real and projected ancient examples such as the Colossus of Rhodes or the statue of Alexander the Great holding a city in his hand that Vitruvius tells us Dinocrates offered to his imperial patron, Michelangelo's fantasy encapsulates all his heroic engagement with his primal material and the figures locked within it.
The Colossus of Rhodes was a gigantic statue that stood straddling the entrance to a harbor and towered all the way up to the sky.
Both the Colossus of Rhodes and the Pharos were listed by the ancients as among the Seven Wonders of the World.
This new colossus, she predicted, unlike the famous Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, would be a "Mother of Exiles," welcoming the outcasts of other nations.
The two statues are possibly the place where one of the seven wonders of the ancient world once stood - the Colossus of Rhodes," he said.
Of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the freestanding Colossus of Rhodes, depicting the Greek sun god Helios, measured over 100 feet.