There is no place that I know on the earth which has the peculiar, bright, ineffable calm of the plain of these colossi.
The two colossi on the plain of Thebes are, of course, hard gritstone.
The entrance to the temple lies deep down between the thrones of the colossi.
No time to study the features of the colossi, or to search for the grave of Major Tidwell.
The colossi had but to recede a pace or two so as to be incorporated in the substance of the pylon itself.
We look, we search, and instead of the colossi, we find abortions.
In the land of the Pyramids, the colossi, the Sphinx, the images of the gods had ceased to represent living realities.
We loitered too long around the colossi of Memnon and the palaces of the plain.
The excursion from Luxor to the tombs of the kings and the colossi of Memnon, not far away, is a hard day's trip.
I'll take you to the tombs of the Kings, and to the colossi when the sun is setting.
"gigantic statue," late 14c., from Latin colossus "a statue larger than life," from Greek kolossos "gigantic statue," of unknown origin, used by Herodotus of giant Egyptian statues, and used by Romans of the bronze Apollo at the entrance to the harbor of Rhodes. Figurative sense of "any thing of awesome greatness or vastness" is from 1794.