Today I want to talk to you about some prehistory facts of Rhodes in brief that you may not be aware of. Of course the history of Rhodes dates back centuries and there is a lot of detail when it comes to realizing actually how much history is here.
Here though I just want to go through the different periods and settlements in the early days! So many people visit the island of Rhodes and leave again without being aware of any of the history that it holds.
Do not be one of them!
It is actually documented that the island was inhabited as far back as the stone age. We can safely say it is a long time ago can’t we?
When discussing Greek history, we naturally encounter a wealth of surrounding myths.
Some we believe and some we don’t, but I think this adds to the excitement of the days and years past.
The island was initially occupied by the Telchines and these were said to have amazing powers of magic and were an unusual race.
They were also very clever, exhibiting high skill in crafting objects from metal.
Have you ever heard of the Poseidon’s Trident?
The Telchines crafted the object pictured here on the right!
They also made the first statues of the Olympian Gods out of Bronze!
The Telchines indeed marked the history of Rhodes centuries ago, and many say that the island was named Telchina at that time!
Prehistory Facts Of Rhodes – The Carians
It is not one hundred percent when the Carians fit into our history. I suppose we could out it as another myth!
What we do know is that they were from Caria in Southwest Anatolia. For those unfamiliar, Anatolia, also known as Asian Minor, is the westernmost part of Asia!
Most of the inhabitants of Asian Minor are Turkish speaking.
If you ever look out from the north-west coast of Rhodes you can clearly see Turkey and just how close it is!
The Carians are said to be the first actual habitants of Rhodes.
This race of people had there wealth from shipping. Located along the coastlines of Lebanon and Syria, they excelled in shipbuilding.
Of course, we are talking centuries ago here, so when it comes to the ships, I am talking about the great old ships with the heads of sea gods peering over the bow!
The Phoenician cities of Tyre and Sidon led the way and were the most authoritative throughout the land.
Later Sidon would subside and Tyre would lead the rest of the way until the arrival of Alexander The Great in 334 BC.
He asked for the submission of the city which duly happened peacefully.
Learn More About The Phoenicians Here In The Video
The Minoan Civilization
This civilization originated from Crete and some of the other islands in the Aegean!
They emerged and blossomed for around 2000 years from 3600 until 1400 BC.
They inhabited Rhodes for many centuries in peace, constructed their own settlements and they were also traders with a dab hand in pottery.
Actually the name Minoan is attributed to King Minos and it was offered to illustrate the pottery of that age!
They also gained recognition as great farmers, developing wooden tools to aid their work!
As the Bronze Age came to pass, they upgraded these tools and used leather to strap the wooden handles.
They raised goats and other farm animals too and also grew their own foods such as wheat and other crops!
I believe it’s safe to say that they were a very organized and skilled race of that time.
Prehistory Facts Of Rhodes – The Greek Achaeans
Following the Minoans came the Achaeans from the Greek mainland.
The Greek Achaeans had molded and developed an extremely dominant and forceful presence on the island come 1400 BC and this became well-known and its impact traveled far.
Learn More About The Achaeans Here In The Video
Centuries later the Dorians came to make their mark on the island.
They took over Rhodes and the three most famous towns on the island began to take shape. They accomplished rebuilding these towns which are still known and standing today.
During this time period, a famous architect planned and constructed a new city.
Hippodamus from Miletus, an ancient Greek city, implemented the plans and work for this town, now known as The City of Rhodes.!
Prehistory Facts Of Rhodes – Conclusion
Now I have tried to keep it as simple as I can. It is not always easy when you look at the history involved. Of course this is not all, and there is more coming.
What amazes me, is all these people from generations ago were able to build what they built and live how they lived.
Long before technology and ‘how to’ guides. I will always respect the skill and expertise in their work.
What are your thoughts?
If you have any questions, or you feel I could mention something else then just let me know!
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