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Rough Guide to Greek Islands

The Rough Guide to Greek Islands
  New full-colour features explore the Greek Islandís highlights, including the best Greek Island beaches and the Greek Islandís finest cuisine. Find detailed practical advice on local products, sections exploring history, music, archaeology and wildlife, combined with information on living in Greece, navigating your way around the Greek Islandís extensive ferry network and comprehensive coverage of the Greek Islandsí glittering festivals. Make the most of your holiday with The Rough Guide to Greek Islands. More information and prices from:
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Greek Islands

Greek Islands (DK Eyewitness Travel Guide)
by Marc Dubin
  The DK Eyewitness Travel Guide to the Greek Islands will lead you straight to the best attractions the Greek islandsí have to offer. With over 1000 detailed maps, illustrations and colour photographs, this best-selling guidebook gives detailed background information on the best things to do, from magical island cruises and scenic walks and tours to the best beach resorts for a family holiday in the Greek Islands. More information and prices from:
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Rhodes

Colossus of Rhodes

Colossus of Rhodes

Rhodes is the best known of the Dodecanese with a good nightlife and other facilities for the gregarious such as plenty of restaurants and casinos. In ancient times it was the site of the Colossus of Rhodes, a massive statue of the sun god Helios that stood guard over the harbour. Modern illustrations conventionally show the Colossus standing astride the harbour entrance. But, as Perrottet comments in his Route 66 A.D. : On the Trail of Ancient Roman Tourists,it would have been impossible for such a structure to have been cast at the time. Instead Helios stood erect, with almost a military bearing and holding a torch aloft.

Perrottet observes (page 204) that even this structure was unstable and only survived in its upright position for some 50 years before the earthquake of 226 BC snapped Helios off at the knees and sent it crashing to the ground. But it was still imposing even after its fall. Perrottet quotes the Roman writer Pliny who clambered over and inside the statue in the 1st century AD:

"Few people can even put their arms around the figure's thumb, and each of its fingers is larger than most statues. Where the limbs have been broken off, enormous cavities yawn, and inside can be seen great masses of rock, which the artists used to steady the figure."

Today. the Colossus is no more and the most dominating features overlooking the harbour of Rhodes are the 15th century fortifications built by the Knights of St John.


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