When we start to talk about the Roman history timeline I can assume that all of us (or nearly all of us) have this wonderful image of brave battles and strong able men.
The likes of Richard Burton in Cleopatra from 1963 with the beautiful Elizabeth
Taylor, or the strong Russel Crow in Gladiator. Am I right?
They portray this wonderful history and I think it is history that should never be forgotten.
When it comes to the island of Rhodes, the Romans also had their presence in its history which is what I will talk about here.
The 3rd Century BC
By the end of the 3rd Century BC the Romans had become increasingly involved with the on goings in Rhodes and they made their presence notable at this time. It is fair to say they were observed throughout the entire Eastern Mediterranean.
On saying that, Rhodes did its very best to remain at peace with the Roman Empire. It was a new chapter and the Rhodians opted to be amicable!
Rhodes was awarded land in Lycia and Caria in the way of gratitude from the Romans for their camaraderie in the conflicts against Antiochus the 3rd and Philip V, but not all the Rhodians feelings were mutual!
The Romans had other plans
With Rhodes doing well when it came to the waters around, the Romans went on to declare Delos as a complimentary harbor in 167 BCE. Delos is an island near Mykonos and is said to be one of the most historical places in all of Greece!
With Rhodes being a huge place for commerce in ancient times, this destroyed the business for Rhodes and the island was forced to sign and accept the same friends and foes as the Romans.
Cassius Longinus (Roman Senator)
Unfortunately this treaty with the Romans was a complete and total disaster for Rhodes and it had a calamitous impact.
After Julius Ceaser (13th July 100 BC until 15 March 44 BC) was eliminated the Rhodians refused to assist Cassius Longinus (October 85 BC – October 42 BC) with the fight against his enemies.
Because of this Cassius besieged and crushed the island of Rhodes in 42 BC, and with this over three thousand pieces of artwork were taken back to Rome.
Although the Romans presence here was short-lived, I can say with certainty they left their impressive history here on the island! It was more about the actions that the Romans took in a short space of time more than the time they took to do it!
I would love to hear your thoughts too. What do you think about the Romans?
Do you think they were a generation of criminals, bully’s or other? Or do you think they were warriors of their time doing the things they did for the greater good?
Leave me a comment below and I will get back to you. I would love to hear your point of view!
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