Rhodes – The Nymph of the Sun

Rhodes – The Nymph of the Sun

So much beauty gathered in one place could not but excite the imagination of its inhabitants and give birth to equally beautiful Myths concerning its birth and its course in time.

One of the myths, according to Pindar, says that when Zeus prevailed over the Giants, he decided to share the land with the Olympian Gods. But the Sun was absent from the division, wandering in its daily celestial journey, and thus was left without its own land. When Zeus heard this, he was ready to make a new distribution, but the Sun did not let him go, because he saw a new country springing up from the sea and asked to be given it. So Zeus called Lachesis to swear that the new country will be the lot of the Sun. Then the beautiful island came out of the foam of the sea and they gave it to the sun god.

There the Sun with the Nymph Rhodes gave birth to seven sons, the Iliads: Ochimos, Kerkafos, Makar, Aktionas, Tenagis, Triopas, Kandalos and a daughter, Electryoni. Kerkafos gave birth to three sons, Camiro, Ialyssos and Lindos, who divided the island into three parts and each had its own city which gave it its name.

Of course, these myths were an attempt to interpret events with the imagination. For example, according to geology, the emergence of Rhodes is related to the ups and downs during the formation of the earth’s surface. Not even the great love of the Sun for Rhodes is accidental if one considers that the island is bathed in its rays most days of the year. After all, that’s why they named her Nymph of the Sun, who emerged from the foam of the sea.

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