Colossus of Rhodes penis inspired the giant dildo.

Penis of the Colossus of Rhodes would have measured over 8 feet at full length.
Penis of the Colossus of Rhodes would have measured over 8 feet at full length.

Many kink aficionados enjoy super-sized dildos today. But have you ever wondered why these sexual aids can be extremely, breathtakingly large?

A little known historical fact is that the modern dildo evolved from phallus-shaped sex devices which were inspired by the famous genitalia of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: the Colossus of Rhodes.

The Colossus of Rhodes, a massive representation of the Greek sun god Helios, was a statue that measured 98 feet high and had a penis that at full extension would be an astounding 8 feet long. Ancient ships passing beneath the legs of this enormous statue, which stood astride the harbor entrance of Rhodes, contained seamen who were awed by the sheer size of the sculpted manhood dangling high above their heads. Naturally, penis envy urged the duplication of this colossal appendage in the homes of many ancient mariners. Wives and lovers appreciated this addition, too, and the astonishing fad began, which has come down to us through many centuries, a reminder in adult toy stores of a time long, long ago.