Colossus of Rhodes

Introduction:

The Colossus was a bronze statue of the sun god Helios and was built on the Island of Rhodes around 285 B.C. It was a hollow statue with a stairway to its head, 72 metres high, from which people could see the harbour.  The artist Chares, who built it, made his statue of Helios the perfect human body and it was admired throughout the ancient world.

Use the following resources to find out: What caused the people of Rhodes to build this massive statue?  How did they manage it?  Why does it no longer exist?

On our shelves:

You will need to do a keyword search for "Colossus Rhodes" in the catalogue.  This topic can be found also by using the index on books on ancient history.

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