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1. Mythology & Prehistoric Period


Helios
'the Sun God', to whom this beautiful island belonged, was one of the most important heroes of the myths connected with Rhodes. In mythological terms Rhodes was founded like this...

The original inhabitants of Rhodes before it sunk were called the Telchines. They were a strange race with monstrous physical characteristics and great skills in the arts, but they combined these with archery and sorcery. When Zeus decided to destroy the Telchines for meddling with the weather, he flooded Rhodes, but they managed to escape in various directions.

Poseidon (God of the Sea) fell in love with Alia (Telchines' sister), and from this union their daughter, the sole heiress of the island , nymph Rhodes was born.

On the day when the Gods were dividing up the world between themselves Helios was absent on his daily journey around the Earth and because he was missing they forgot to allot him a share. Zeus, who was the 'King of the Gods', did not wish to do any wrong to Helios and was renewing the distribution when Helios returned. Helios, however, did not allow this because he had already made his choice. On his travels that day he had seen Rhodes rise from the sea in which it had been submerged.

Helios then married Rhodes, and they gave birth to a daughter and seven sons, known as the Heliades (Children of the Sun). Helios named the picturesque island Rhodes after his wife as he was still very much in love with her. The grandchildren of Helios and Rhodes -sons of Kerkafos- divided the island of Rhodes into three major parts and named the strongest cities of each part after themselves Ialysos, Kamiros and Lindos.

'Rhodes' is a pre-Hellenic name and ancient writers refer to the island with various names: Ophiousa, Asteria, Aethria, Trinakria, Korymvia, Poiessa, Attaviria, Makaria, Oloessa, Pontia, Stadia and Telchinis. These names were used because of their relationship with the island's shape, vegetation, climate etc.



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