Colossus of Rhodes
The city-state of Rhodes was formed in 408 BC on a Greek island when three smaller cities united to make one large city. The city prospered for hundreds of years due to its prime location as a trade port. It was famous for its shipbuilders, as well as for its giant bronze statue, called the Colossus of Rhodes, which was considered one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World. It was a statue of the Greek Titan Helios and it stood over 100 feet high. It was constructed to celebrate Rhodes’ victory over the ruler of Cyprus, whose son unsuccessfully besieged Rhodes in 305 BC. Before its destruction in the earthquake of 226 BC, the Colossus of Rhodes was one of the tallest statues of the ancient world. Following the earthquake, the statue lay in place for nearly eight centuries before being sold off by invaders.
At the time of the earthquake, Rhodes was one of the major trading cities of the Mediterranean Sea, and it had survived threats from larger neighbors.. Some historical images, like the one above, show the Colossus straddling the harbor entrance, an impossible feat, given the bronze-casting technology of the time.
According to the ancient writer Strabo, the statue had broken off at the knees in the earthquake that also destroyed the city. Strabo reports that an oracle told the citizens of Rhodes not to rebuild the Colossus, and an offer by Ptolemy III of Egypt to pay for its reconstruction was turned down. Respect for the culture and economic importance of the city was such that Greek cities across the region offered assistance to help rebuild it.
Respect for the Strength of Rhodes
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