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  1. The Colossus of Rhodes
  2. Purpose The Colossus of Rhodes was built to show that the city of Rhodes won the war against the army of Cyprus. When Alexander the Great died, his land was divided into sections. Ptolemy was the ruler of Rhodes. Antigonus did not agree that Ptomely should rule Rhodes, and he sent his own son Demetrius into war for the land. Rhodes was ready and well prepared for the attack. Demetrius retreated one year later, and his army left behind all of their supplies. The Rhodians took their supplies and used the money/goods to create the Colossus of Rhodes in honor of their patron god Helios.
  3. Location The Colossus of Rhodes was built in Rhodes, Greece. It is located in the Mandraki harbor along the Mediterranean Sea.
  4. Sculptor Chares of Lindos was a Rhodian sculptor and architect. Chares most likely made several small figures (about 3 feet tall) to find the correct dimensions for the statue. Legends says that Chares died before the structure was completed. Some say that a critic told him of flaws, and Chares was so embarrassed that he committed suicide.
  5. Destruction In 226 BC, an earthquake hit the Mandraki harbor destroying the Colossus of Rhodes. The statue snapped at the knees, and the ruins covered the town. Ptolemy III (ruler at the time) offered to pay for the reconstruction, but the oracle of Delphi “warned” the workers not to create another because “they had offended Helios.” The workers did not rebuild it. In 654, an Arab force took over Rhodes and sold the ruins to a Jewish merchant.
  6. Timeline  292 BC – The construction of the Colossus of Rhodes began  280 BC – The Colossus of Rhodes was completed  226 BC – An earthquake hit and destroyed the Colossus of Rhodes  1970 – There was talk of rebuilding the statue, but there was not enough money to do so  1989 – Possible remains were found in the sea, but it was never confirmed
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