Colossus Of Rhodes

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In 408 B.C. the city of Rhodes was built, on the island, of Rhodes. The city was made to fit well with the best natural harbor on the island. It was an important economic center in the ancient world. Located just off the southwestern tip of Asia Minor, about where the Aegean Sea meets the Mediterranean. In 357 B.C. it was conquered by Mausolus of Halicarnassus, whose tomb is also one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. In 340, it fell into Persian hands. Alexander the Great conquered it in 332 B.C. When he died, many men wanted to be king, but one was never really chosen. Soon after Alexander's death, Demetrius attacked the city with an army of 40,000 men; more than the entire population of Rhodes.After one year siege he reatreat in 305.B.C. To celebrate their victory, the Rhodians sold the equipment left behind for 300 talents and decided to use the money to build a colossal statue of their patron god, Helios. Unfortunately, the statue stood for only 56 years until Rhodes was hit by an earthquake in 226 BC. The architect of the Colossus, Chares Lindos, was a Rhodian sculptor, who was a patriot, and fought in the defense of the city. If it were spanning the harbor, they would have been forced to close the harbor to make it, which would shut down their economy. This of course, is not correct, it was actually posed in a traditional Greek matter; nude, wearing a spiked crown, shading his eyes with his right hand, and holding a cloak in his left. According to a book called Pilon of Byzantium, only 15 tons of bronzes were used, and only 9 tons or iron were used; although, these numbers are low. The Colossus; however, was made of lighter materials, and weighed at least that of the Statue of Liberty, most likely less. Its been popularly pictured spanning the harbor entrance so that ships passed beneath it. They used the super tower Demetrius had left behind as
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