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RHODES MYTHOLOGY

According to Greek Mythology, Rhode was the elder of the Oceanids, one of the daughters of Oceanos (Ocean) and Tythis. Later on, it was thought that she was a daughter of Poseidon (Neptunus) and Alia, or of Poseidon and Amphitritae. She was married to the god Helios (Sun) and gave her name to the island of Rhodes, whose she and her husband were patron gods and where it was situated the center of her cult. It is thought that the name Rhode is owed to the pink hibiscus which was native to the island and was similar to a rose, which is also etymologically related to her name (“rodon” in Greek is the rose). The Telchines, the first inhabitants of the island came to settle here when Helios created the island of Rhodes and had seven sons and one daughter with Rhode. The girl, called Electryo, died a virgin, whereas the sons reigned on the island and became famous rulers and astronomers. Rhode was worshipped on the island not only by her own name but also as Halia and Leucothea.

The birth of the island of Rhodes

The island of Rhodes is related to several myths, some of them stated in the ancient writers and others surviving in the local tradition. Most of them present a version of the creation of the island. One of the most popular myths in antiquity has been preserved thanks to the poet Pindarus. According to this myth, when Zeus and the rest Olympian gods came best of their fight with the Titans and Giants, decided to divide the world. When everybody had already taken one’s part, they realized that they had forgotten the god Helios (Sun), who was absent during the division. Thus, Zeus, the king of gods decided to offer him the first land that would emerge from the waters. At this very moment the island of Rhodes, green and beautiful, emerged from the blue sea of the Aegean. Helios, impressed by the breathtaking beauty of the island, sent to its light and heat and ever since became the protector god of the island. As the myth states, it is due to this protection and help that Rhodes achieved to become the famous island we know during the Classical and Hellenistic periods.

Another myth attributes the beginnings of Rhodes to the love of Helios for the nymph Rhodes, the daughter of the god of the sea, Poseidon. When Helios saw Rhodes, so the myth goes, he was so taken by her astounding beauty that he made her his wife. They had seven sons and one daughter, Alectrona, who died young. Kerkaphos, one of the sons of Helios and Rhodes, had three children: Kamiros, Ialysos and Lindos. They built a city each in Rhodes and divided the island among themselves.

Some say that the famed island derives its name from the nymph Rhodes. Others maintain that Rhodes was named after the rose, and this either because the island was abundant in these beautiful flowers or because the ancient inhabitants likened its beauty to that of a rose.

However, Rhodes was known in ancient times by several other names, among them, Ophioussa, for the many snakes that lived there; Elaphousa, because the Rhodians brought dears to kill the snakes that were there (the dears killed the snakes by running over them) Asteria, for its clear blue and starry sky Makaria, for its arresting beauty Telchinia, because its first inhabitants were said to be the Telchines and Attavyria, after its highest mountain, Attavyros.

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Tereza K
Tereza K
7. July, 2020.
Buetiful day I am excited, excellent communication, Mr. driver was amazing, friendly and very sympathetic, fulfilled my every wish all day I felt like a queen .... This day will be among my most beautiful memories thank you very much ..
mariangela362016
mariangela362016
15. May, 2020.
Rodi Città antica/medioevale. Patria dei Greci , ma anche dei molti popoli che l'hanno attraversata, nonchè dei Cavalieri Ospitalieri i quali, cacciati dagli ottomani, fuggirono a Malta e presero il nome di Cavalieri di Malta, è un meraviglioso miscuglio di stili e arte. Tutti i monumenti sono un bellissimo connubio tra oriente e occidente. Anche l'Italia ha avuto la sua parte nella conservazione dei beni culturali di Rodi antica, quando Rodi fu assegnata come Provincia all'Italia stessa. E, in quell'occasione, Mario Lago Luogotenente della Provincia di Rodi, ne fece rifiorire l'arte e la cultura, compiendo numerose opere e restauro di molti monumenti. Il castello medioevale è uno dei monumenti meglio conservati della città. IL Museo archeologico di Rodi era sede della Provincia ai tempi di Mario Lago ove è conservata una tra le più belle opere d'arte d'origine greca che si possa immaginare: Una piccola statua di " Afrodite che esce dal bagno" nuda inginocchiata nell'atto di lavarsi i capelli. Essa è alta non più di 50 cm datata I sec a.C. colpisce per la raffinatezza dei lineamenti del viso e la perfezione del corpo e le movenze dello stesso: INEGUAGLIABILE! Le bellezze architettoniche, archeologiche e paesaggistiche, unite ad un magnifico mare e a lunghe spiagge, alla partenza fanno rimpiangere il poco tempo che hai avuto a disposizione, per conoscerla meglio. Rodi è stata nominata dall'UNESCO "Monumento Mondiale di eredità Culturale".
LadyM005
LadyM005
31. January, 2020.
A lovely tour We spent an enjoyable half day with Nicholas; we hadn't been in Rhodes for 43 years and were really looking forward to being on this beautiful island again. We were able to see everything we wanted to see in a clean vehicle with a gracious, knowledgeable driver. If you have the opportunity to have Nicholas show you the sites, you would be extremely pleased. Can't recommend this enough.
Roseberry Team 18
Roseberry Team 18
2. January, 2020.
Nickolas made Rhodes a wonderful experience Nickolas was personable, treated us like family, and did an excellent job showing us the sites that were tailored to our interests. He was also engaging and provided commentary on the culture, family life. Rhodes is stunning and he presented the history well and is clearly passionate about the island. Great experience.
rorothman
rorothman
2. January, 2020.
A wonderful tour and driver My husband and I booked this tour and were joined by another couple from our ship, the Pacific Princess. We all enjoyed our trip immensely and found our driver /guide Agapitos to be professional and personable. We visited all the highlights as described and enjoyed this lovely overview of the island,as well as our stop at the ceramic factory where we watched some talented artisans do their craft. We especially appreciated our stop at the Jewish cemetery which was very emotional and interesting and were very pleased that ourvdriver arranged for the synahogue and museum to be opened up especially for us..since our visit was not during the tourist season and they didn't have regular hours at the day we arrived . We were so glad that we booked this tour and found the price reasonable for the 4 of us and aopreciated this very personalized Rhodes tour with Jewish highlights do much. It was a wonderful day to enjoy the time we had at this port. We topped off our day with some free time in the old city for a delicious beer..and an easy walk back to our shop.
Самуил М
Самуил М
1. January, 2020.
EXCELLENT EXPERIENCE It was extremely fabulous experience from the very start to the end. Our driver was so knowledgeable and polite and the tour was exactly what we needed. The car was so specious and luxury, with full aircondition - the perfect way to tour Rhodes. We also had a great stop for lunch in a superb tavern right on the sea edge. What a great day! Thank you for all and we will be sure back to this fantastic island.
gwenwong68
gwenwong68
4. December, 2019.
Rhodes and Lindos in one day Antonio, our driver was fun and knew how to schedule for us to see everything at the right time. Car was a Benz and very comfortable. Great day out. Highly recommended
Giuliana F
Giuliana F
26. November, 2019.
Awesome day trip!!! Thank you Nicholas for making our trip to Rhodes and Lindos on 11/1/19 a great experience! You are the perfect host! We will be back for some more fun times !!! We loved your local stories
dakota8888
dakota8888
20. November, 2019.
Wonderful tour We spent a half day touring Rhodes with George. He was an excellent guide and was very attentive. We saw several sites in Rhodes and also the Acropolis in Lindos. It was an excellent day.
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