colossal mistakes

As a kid, I’d heard about the Colossus of Rhodes. I’m not sure if it was because of not paying enough attention to the history books or because of paying too much attention to comic books, but I’d gotten the impression that this was a statue of Colossus.

Somewhere else in my incomplete research, I’d gotten the impression that someone had made a replica of the Colossus of Rhodes in Rome. At one point, the Roman Colossus was parked near the Flavian Amphitheater. Shortly after this, folks started calling the amphitheater the Colosseum.

I thought that there was a post in all this so I figured that I’d do some research to double check the details. 

So many mistakes…

 The Colossus of Rhodes is not a statue of Colossus. Colossus is a Greek word for really big statue. The Really Big Statue of Rhodes is a statue of Helios, the Greek god of the sun. 

There was a colossus in Rome, but it was a statue of Nero, not a replica of the Colossus of Rhodes. After Nero was gone, the statue was altered to be of Sol, the Roman god of the sun. 

This is the colossus that was eventually parked in front of the Flavian Amphitheate which took the name Colosseum.

I dunno, I sorta prefer the version that my ADD came up with.

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