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Nymph Rhodos

Three grandsons of Helios and the nymph Rhodos, daughter of Aphrodite, were the eponymous heroes of the three ancient cities, Ialysos and Kameiros on the W coast and Lindos on the E.

Ancient myths


Son of the Sun or of Cephalus and Day, his sisters bewail his fate beside the Eridanus, statue of Phaethon in chariot.

Phaethon "the shining". A name that occurs in Homer as an epithet or surname of Helios (the Sun), and is used by later writers as a proper name for Helios; but it is more commonly known as the name of a son of Helios by the Oceanid Clymene, the wife of Merops. The genealogy of Phaethon, however, is not the same in all writers, for some call him a son of Clymenus, the son of Helios by Merope, or a son of Helios by Prote, or, lastly, a son of Helios by the nymph Rhode or Rhodos. He received the significant name of Phaethon from his father, and was afterwards presumptuous and ambitious enough to request his father to allow him, for one day, to drive the chariot of the sun across the heavens. Helios was induced, by the entreaties of his son and of Clymene, to yield; but the youth being too weak to check the horses, they rushed out of their usual track, and came so near the earth as almost to set it on fire. Thereupon Zeus killed him with a flash of lightning, and hurled him down into the river Eridanus. His sisters, the Heliades or Phaethontiades, who had yoked the horses to the chariot, were metamorphosed into poplars, and their tears into amber.

This text is from: Harry Thurston Peck, Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities. Cited Oct 2002 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains interesting hyperlinks


Aegle. A sister of Phaeton, and daughter of Helios and Clymene. (Hygin. Fab 154, 156.) In her grief at the death of her brother she and her sisters were changed into poplars.


Daughter of Catreus, loved by Hermes, with his brother Althaemenes set out from Crete to Rhodes, killed by her brother.



One of the Hesperides, mother of Graces by the Sun.


Dorians from Megara & Argos

The Rhodians, like the people of Halicarnassus and Cnidus and Cos, are Dorians; for of the Dorians who founded Megara after the death of Codrus, some remained there, others took part with Althaemenes the Argive in the colonization of Crete, and others were distributed to Rhodes and to the cities just now mentioned. But these events are later than those mentioned by Homer, for Cnidus and Halicarnassus were not yet in existence, although Rhodes and Cos were; but they were inhabited by Heracleidae.

This extract is from: The Geography of Strabo (ed. H. L. Jones, 1924), Cambridge. Harvard University Press. Cited Oct 2002 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains comments & interesting hyperlinks.

Argives & Dorians settled on the island

Mycenaean Greeks settled on the Island of Rhodes in c. 1400 B.C., and were followed by Dorian speaking Greeks after c. 1100 B.C. The Dorians formed three city states on the island: Ialysos, Lindos, Kameiros.

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Althaemenes from Crete

Catreus, son of Minos, had three daughters, Aerope, Clymene, and Apemosyne, and a son, Althaemenes. When Catreus inquired of the oracle how his life should end, the god said that he would die by the hand of one of his children. Now Catreus hid the oracles, but Althaemenes heard of them, and fearing to be his father's murderer, he set out from Crete with his sister Apemosyne, and put in at a place in Rhodes, and having taken possession of it he called it Cretinia.

The inhabitants founded the cities:

Salapia in Apulia

According to legend, it was founded by Diomedes or by Elpias of Rhodes

Colonizations by the inhabitants

Tlepolemus settled in the Iberian islands

The people of Tlepolemus touched at Crete; then they were driven out of their course by winds and settled in the Iberian islands.

Gods & heroes related to the location


Danaus feared the sons of Egyptus, and by the advice of Athena he built a ship, being the first to do so, and having put his daughters on board he fled. And touching at Rhodes he set up the image of Lindian Athena.


Kadmos stopped at Rhodes on his way from Phoenicia to Thebes


In the grip of old age Catreus yearned to transmit the kingdom to his son Althaemenes, and went for that purpose to Rhodes.

Orestes, Iphigenia and Pylades

When Orestes was come with Pylades to the land of the Taurians, he was detected, caught, and carried in bonds before Thoas the king, who sent them both to the priestess. But being recognized by his sister, who acted as priestess among the Taurians, he fled with her, carrying off the wooden image. It was conveyed to Athens and is now called the image of Tauropolus. But some say that Orestes was driven in a storm to the island of Rhodes, ... and in accordance with an oracle the image was dedicated in a fortification wall.


They say that when Menelaus was dead, and Orestes still a wanderer, Helen was driven out by Nicostratus and Megapenthes and came to Rhodes, where she had a friend in Polyxo,the wife of Tlepolemus.



A case of a town built in such a spot was Old Salpia in Apulia, founded by Diomede on his way back from Troy, or, according to some writers, by Elpias of Rhodes. (Vitruvius Pollio, 1.4.1)



Electryone (Elektruone), a daughter of Helios and Rhodos. (Diod. v. 56; Schol. ad Pind. Ol. vii. 24.) The name is also used as a patronymic from Electryon, and given to his daughter, Alcmene. (Hes. Scut. Herc. 16)


Cercaphus & Cydippe

Son of Helios and Rhodes, father of the eponymous of the three cities of the island of Rhodes: Ialysus, Camirus and Lindus.



Telchines who lived in Rhodes, the first makers of images of gods

   Telchines. A family or a tribe said to have been descended from Thalassa or Poseidon, whence Eustathius gives them fins instead of feet. They are represented in three different aspects: (1) As cultivators of the soil and ministers of the gods, in which capacity they came from Crete to Cyprus, and from thence to Rhodes, where they founded Camirus, Ialysus, and Lindus. Rhodes, which was named after them Telchinis, was abandoned by them because they foresaw that the island would be inundated. Poseidon was intrusted to them by Rhea, and they brought him up in conjunction with Caphira, a daughter of Oceanus. Rhea, Apollo, and Zeus, however, are also described as hostile to the Telchines. Apollo is said to have assumed the shape of a wolf, and to have thus destroyed the Telchines, and Zeus to have overwhelmed them by an inundation. (2) As sorcerers and envious daemons, their very eyes and aspect are said to have been destructive. They had it in their power to bring on hail, rain, and snow, and to assume any form they pleased; they, further, mixed Stygian water with sulphur, in order thereby to destroy animals and plants. (3) As artists they are said to have invented useful arts and institutions, and to have made images of the gods. They worked in brass and iron, and made the sickle of Cronos and the trident of Poseidon. They seem in general to suggest the gnomes of the Northern mythology and the genii of Oriental folklore. They may be compared also with the Idaei Dactyli.

This text is from: Harry Thurston Peck, Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities. Cited Oct 2002 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains interesting hyperlinks

The Telchines, fist making images to Goods

Some vague tradition of the influences just mentioned may be traced in the myths of such creatures as the Cyclopes, Idaean Dactyli, and Telchines--monsters or daemons of superhuman strength and skill. The Cyclopes are usually said to come from Lycia; they are usually represented as the builders of colossal walls. such as those of Mycenae and Tiryns; but works of sculpture are attributed to them--a head of Medusa at Argos and the Lions over the gate at Mycenae (which really belong to a Phrygian series). The Idaean Dactyli, or Fingers from Mount Ida, are attributed sometimes to Ida in Phrygia, sometimes to Ida in Crete; besides possessing skill in magic, they are said to have invented the working of iron. The Telchines, often in later times confused with the Dactyli even in names, seem to belong to Rhodes (Ov. Met. vii. 365), but are also connected with Crete and Cyprus. They, too, work in iron and bronze, and also practise magic. To these mythical workmen are attributed such objects as the Trident of Poseidon, the thunderbolts of Zeus, the Sickle of Cronus. It is obviously absurd to look for historical races or persons in such stories; but the countries to which they are assigned may indicate the belief of the Greeks as to the quarters whence were derived the technical appliances of art in the earliest times.

This extract is from: A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities (1890) (eds. William Smith, LLD, William Wayte, G. E. Marindin). Cited June 2004 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains interesting hyperlinks

The origin of painting, by Telchines

The origin of painting as an art in Greece is connected with definite historical personages; but that of sculpture is lost in the mists of legend. Its authentic history does not begin until about the year B.C. 600. It was regarded as an art imparted to men by the gods; for such is the thought expressed in the assertion that the earliest statues fell from heaven. Some early application of taste and skill to plastic art may be indicated in the mythical stories respecting the Idaei Dactyli and the Telchines of Rhodes (Ovid, Met.vii. 365), who were reported to have worked in iron and bronze.

This extract is cited June 2004 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains interesting hyperlinks


After the Telchines, the Heliadae, according to the mythical story, took possession of the island; and to one of these, Cercaphus, and to his wife Cydippe, were born children who founded the cities that are named after them,Lindus, Ialysus, and Cameirus white with chalk. (Strabo 14,2,8)

Heliades and Heliadae (Heliadai).
(1) The daughters of Helios (the Sun) and Clymene. They were three in number--Lampetie, Phaethusa, and Phoebe; or seven, according to Hyginus-- Merope, Helie, Aegle, Lampetie, Phoebe, Aethria, and Dioxippe. They were so afflicted at the death of their brother Phaethon that they were changed by the gods into poplars, and their tears into amber, on the banks of the river Po.
(2) Children of Helios and the nymph Rhodus. They were seven in number, and were fabled to have been the first inhabitants of the island of Rhodes.

This text is from: Harry Thurston Peck, Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities. Cited Oct 2002 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains interesting hyperlinks


Actis (among the Heliades) sailed off to Egypt and founded there the city of Heliopolis.


Candalus (among the Heliades) settled in Cos


Cercaphus (among the Heliades) succeeded to the throne of Rhodes after his brother Ochimus. His sons divided the kingdom


Macar (among the Heliades) king of Lesbos. He is also called son of Crinacus, son of Zeus.


Ochimus (the oldest among the Heliades) king of Rhodes


Tenages, being the most gifted among the Heliades, his brothers, out of envy, murdered him. When their treacherous act became known, all who had taken part in the murder fled and settled in different places.

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