The Colossus of Rhodes

“Why man, he doth bestride the narrow world
Like a Colossus, and we petty men
Walk under his huge Legs and peep about”

William Shakespeare – Julius Caesar.

To give an idea of the size of the Colossus of Rhodes, Pliny the Elder recorded that “few people can make their arms meet round the thumb.  People could try because it was toppled by a massive earthquake only 56 years after its completion.

The sculptor Charles of Lindos was commissioned to design the statue of Helios, the sun god.  Reportedly the feet were secured to a base of white marble, and an iron and stone framework erected which was then encased in an outer skin of cast bronze.  The finished statue stood around 100 feet high.  What a sight it must have been – particularly in the rays of the rising or setting sun.

The earthquake of 226BC broke the Colossus at the knees and it lay – still a wonder – for 900 years until, in AD645 Arabs invades Rhodes and sold the broken Colossus to a Syrian who transported the remains back to Syria.

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Colossus of Rhodes

SK No.TypeDescription
264310p Shades of Damson Gin
26aSheet of 36
26b"Wristband" beamer
26cUsed alone on cover
26i44Ashlore Dark Enterprises insert

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