Goddess of the island of Rhodes
According to Hesiod, Rhodes was one of the oldest daughters of Tethys and Oceanus. In the Homeric Hymn to Demeter she was playing with the other nymphs, accompanying Persephone. But in the later myths Rhode is usually mentioned as the daughter of Poseidon and the Rhodian nymph Halia and even she was presented as the daughter of Poseidon and Amphitrite. Sometimes Rhodes is incorrectly denoted also as the daughter of Aphrodite, due to the lack of understanding between the names Rhode and Rhodos, who was the son of Aphrodite and Hermes.
In Greek Mythology the name of the island derives from the nymph Rhodes who bore seven sons to the sun god Helios, the patron of the island. Three grandsons of these offspring were the heroes of the three principal cities on the island: Camirus, Ialysus, and Lindus, which were named after them. In honour of Helios, Panhellenic games, the Halieia, were held on the island every five years, and each year a chariot and four horses (quadriga) were thrown into the sea as an offering to the god (who was believed to ride such a chariot across the sky each day).
Other mythological associations with the islands include the belief that the Telchines had a workshop on the island. They were believed to be an ancient semi-divine race that invented, and were particularly skilled at, metalwork. Hercules was also worshipped on the island as the founder of the first settlement. Other important cults were dedicated to Apollo, Zeus, Athena, and Dionysus, and during the Hellenistic period the island adopted several Egyptian cults such as those of Sarapis and Isis.
Strong - willed - Although Rhodes has a sweet temper, she is extremely strong willed.
Protective - Rhodes can be sometimes over - protective of her brother Triton and her sister Benthesikyme.
Sacred Symbols and Animals
Island of Rhodes - The mythical story of Rhodes is connected with the island Rhodes, which took its name after her. She became the protector-goddess of the whole island and the wife of the Sun-god Helios, to whom Rhodes was a personal property and also his most important cult centre.
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