Called Sol by the Romans, Helios was the god of the sun. William Smith, editor of The Wordsworth Classical Dictionary, indicates that "He was worshipped in many parts of Greece, especially in the island of Rhodes, where the famous colossus was a representation of the god". Comissioned about 304 BC, it took the sculptor Chares of Lindos about 12 years to complete the bronze statue. It stood on a white marble pedestal and rose to a height of 160 feet. Situated at the harbor, it was more likely found standing

Beside, not Bestride

Famous Colossus, the
Rhodian statue one
Hundred feet high,
Stood at the harbor and
Glorified Helios
Bright in the sky.

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