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Colossus of Rhodes could soon be rebuilt

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« on: October 31, 2015, 05:39:55 am »

Lost in time ... Exactly what he Colossus looked like, and where it stood, has been lost. But popular representations of it standing astride the harbor entrance are unlikely. Source: SuppliedSource:Supplied

The fleeing force abandoned most of its weaponry and supplies. The equipment was sold and the proceeds used to fund the immensely expensive project. But the bronze weapons and siege machines were melted down for use in the statue itself.

Standing on a white marble base, ancient sources say its bronze plates were attached to an iron and stone frame.

But the 30m tall statue stood for just 56 years.

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An earthquake toppled the massive bronze edifice.

It lay on the ground for almost 900 years until Rhodes fell to an Arab invasion in 654AD. Almost all of the surviving metal was then recovered and recycled.

Only the carved stones used to form the base are believed to survive — also reused in the construction of a fort at the entrance of the harbour.
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