The Colossus of Rhodes & The Statue of Zeus [DVD]

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The island of Rhodes was an important economic centre in the ancient world. It is located off the southwestern tip of Asia Minor where the Aegean Sea meets the Mediterranean. The capitol city, also named Rhodes, was built in 408 B.C. and was designed to take advantage of the island's best natural harbour on the northern coast. In 357 B.C. the island was conquered by Mausolus of Halicarnassus (whose tomb is one of the other Seven Wonders of the Ancient World), fell into Persian hands in 340 B.C., and was finally captured by Alexander the Great in 332 B.C.. When Alexander died of a fever at an early age, his generals fought bitterly among themselves for control of Alexander's vast kingdom. Three of them, Ptolemy, Seleucus, and Antigous, succeeded in dividing the kingdom among themselves. The Rhodians supported Ptolemy (who wound up ruling Egypt) in this struggle. This angered Antigous who sent his son Demetrius to capture and punish the city of Rhodes. The war was long and painful. Demetrius brought an army of 40,000 men. This was more than the entire population of Rhodes. Author and archaeologist, John Romer, delves into the legends of the Colossus of Rhodes and the Statue of Zeus at Olympia and demonstrates how these monuments projected a new vision of the human form into the popular consciousness. The Colossus of Rhodes was built with sheets of bronze and stood guard over the island of Rhodes. Perhaps the most astounding aspect of both monuments was that the sculptors modeled their faces in the image of man. Today this image is mirrored in our own Statue of Liberty. A mammoth figure of ivory and gold, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia ruled over the Olympic Games whilst the Colossus of Rhodes was built of sheets of bronze and stood guard over the island of Rhodes.


Category: Documentaries

Type: Region 2 DVD




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