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WHAT A BIG HEAD

According to the historian Suetonius, the infamous Roman emperor Caligula wanted one of the Seven Wonders, the Statue of Zeus, to have its head removed and replaced with his own likeness.

ENTER THROUGH THE GAIT The Colossus was as famous in the ancient world as the Statue of Liberty is today; from feet to crown, it was roughly the same height too
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WHAT HAPPENED TO THE SEVEN WONDERS?

In antiquity, they formed a travel guide of human-made splendours around the Mediterranean, and even then a level of mystery surrounded them. That reputation has only increased over the centuries, as all but one have been lost.

Earthquakes claimed three Wonders with weak foundations. The Colossus of Rhodes, a 33.5-metre statue of the sun god Helios, stood for less than 60 years in the third century BC before collapsing. A similar fate befell the Lighthouse at Alexandria, a narrow tower 140-metres tall, and the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, a magnificent tomb built from 353-50 BC for Mausolus, a satrap (governor) in the Persian Empire.

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In this month’s issue… Henry VIII’s Six Weddings While every detail of Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle has been anticipated and analysed, the nuptials of his Tudor namesake Henry VIII are less familiar. Alison Weir peers behind the drapes of the six days that preceded ‘divorced, beheaded, died…’. Plus: the CIA heist of a sunken Soviet nuclear sub during the Cold War; Wounded Knee massacre; female Pharaohs; the 1820 plot to murder the Cabinet; and Lee Miller’s photos of WWII