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At the entrance to the harbor of the city of Rhodes, on the Greek island of the same name, there once stood a colossal statue made of iron, brass and stone. Dedicated to the Greek sun-god Helios, the Colossus of Rhodes, stood more than a hundred feet tall and was a symbol of pride for the Rhodians who had successfully defended their city against an attempted siege by the Kingdom of Macedonia.

In the late 4th century BC, after the death of Alexander the Great, the Kingdom of Rhodes developed strong commercial and cultural ties with Ptolemy I of Egypt, and together formed an alliance that controlled trade throughout the Aegean Sea. The King of Macedonia, Antigonus I, felt threatened by this alliance. He feared that the Egyptian pharaoh might use the island of Rhodes as a base to attack Macedonia, and worse still, the Rhodians might actually provide ships and supplies to Ptolemy I to facilitate the attack.

Siege of Rhodes


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