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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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SeattleNWtraveler
30 January 2024
Excellent Tour of Rhodes with Rhodes Taxi Tours We spent a very enjoyable day exploring the island of Rhodes with Rhodes Taxi Tours. Our driver Nicholas was very friendly and knowledgeable. Our tour included the historic district of the city of Rhodes, the scenic viewpoints and historic sites of the island, and we drove to the town of Lindos so we could explore the amazing acropolis. Nicholas took us to a ceramic workshop that has been run by a family of artists for generations. Our tour lasted about five hours, but Nicholas was open to customizing the itinerary. We only had one day on Rhodes, and we will likely never have an opportunity to return. Our tour with Rhodes Taxi Tours was definitely the best way to get a good overview of this beautiful island in the short time we were there.
Kimberly M
Kimberly M
24 October 2023
Highly Recommend I highly recommend using Rhodes Taxi Tours. From the very beginning they were very responsive and in constant communication. Our driver Mr. Nicholas was EXCELLENT!! He was extremely knowledgeable and made our experience on this beautiful island superb!
Lori M
Lori M
5 October 2023
What a great way to spend the day in Rhodes We were picked up right at the cruise ship and whisked off to see the beautiful sites of Rhodes. We had a fantastic lunch sea side and lovely swim in a beautiful bay. We met many wonderful locals and bought beautiful pottery from a lovely family with a sweet French bulldog. Could not have asked for a better day.
ChrisGG1950
ChrisGG1950
17 September 2023
A friendly fun day! Met from our Cruise Ship by Nico who rapidly became a friend. His love of his native island was evident in every stop we made and the chats we had, we learned so much. All four of us had a fantastic day in the company of this delightful man, even the downpour at Lindos did not dampen our spirits! We will long remember our brief stay on Rhodes and the luxury tour with Nico!
Joonas M
Joonas M
10 September 2023
Daytrip to Butterfly valley and Lindos We booked a day trip (5 hours) via Rhodes Taxi Tours. The taxi picked us up directly in front of the hotel. Our driver was Nicholas. He was a very friendly and professional driver! He was able to tell us about the history and sights of the island. He was flexible as a driver. It was easy for us to reach the sights we wanted and the driver knew well what to do to save time. We highly recommend Rhodes Taxi tours and special thanks to Nicholas. This trip was one of the highlights of our holiday and exceeded our expectations.
Tornike C
Tornike C
4 September 2023
Excellent tours in Rhodes Perfect choice for group. Great driver and very comfortable minibus. Highly recommend this company for your tour in Rhodes, Greece
Voula R
Voula R
24 August 2023
Excellent Rhodes Private Tours for Families We had a perfect day touring Rhodes! Great welcoming driver met us promptly at the reception desk of our hotel. With great car we explored the island stress free even we had kids. Perfect choice for families. Highly recommend!
Timothy
Timothy
18 July 2023
Fabulous day touring Rhodes with Nikos Had a brilliant day touring Rhodes with our driver Nikos. Nikos was polite, punctual, and passionate about Rhodes. He was very flexible regarding our itinerary for the day, and took us to Lindos and the Acropolis, beach for swimming, fabulous Greek Taverna by the seaside for lunch, pottery workshop and a 1760 monastery.
Dan K
Dan K
1 July 2023
Fantastic Tour of Rhodes With a Local Amazing day with Nicholas, he made us feel welcome and comfortable right away and gave us a great tour of the island which only a local could, providing some great insight about the history of the Island. If you are here thinking about a tour of Rhodes, book it now.
ChrisGG1950
ChrisGG1950
11 June 2023
Fantastic half day! What a fabulous day we had with Nicholas, from our greeting by the ship to our farewells outside the Old Town, it was brilliant. Not only did we get to see a lot of the island and some of the best sites ( and sights!) but it was fascinating to talk to such an enthusiastic islander. Our journey to Lindos was full of stories of Nicholas's life and "Grandpappy's weather forecasting". If ever we return to Rhodes we'll be sure to get in touch, can't recommend this enough! Efcharisto, Nicholas!
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