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1600 BCE: Rhodes has significant contact with Minoan Crete.
1510 BCE: The traditional date Danaos builds a temple to Athena Lindia at Lindus on Rhodes.
1400 BCE: Rhodes has significant contact with the Mycenaean civilization.
689 BCE: Rhodes and Cretans found Gela in Sicily.
580 BCE: Agrigento in Sicily is founded by colonists from Gela, Crete and Rhodes.
490 BCE: Rhodes comes under Persian rule.
412 BCE: Rhodes revolts against Athens and supports Sparta in the Peloponnesian War.
408 BCE: The various city-states of Rhodes form a single federal state.
408 BCE: The capital of Rhodes is moved from Lindos to Rhodes town.
395 BCE: Democracy is established on Rhodes.
342 BCE: Fire destroys the 6th century BCE temple to Athena at Lindos, Rhodes and is replaced by a new one.
305 BCE - 304 BCE: Demetrius I unsuccessfully lays siege to Rhodes.
292 BCE - 280 BCE: The Colossus of Rhodes, a representation of Helios, is built in Rhodes town harbour, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
228 BCE - 226 BCE: The Colossus of Rhodes is toppled by an earthquake.
206 BCE - 204 BCE: Crete is at war with Rhodes.
197 BCE: Samos comes under the jurisdiction of Rhodes.
189 BCE: Rome gives control of Lycia to Rhodes.
164 BCE: Leonidas of Rhodes wins the first of his 12 Olympic crowns in runnning events in four successive Olymic Games.
155 BCE - 153 BCE: Crete is at war with Rhodes for a second time.
88 BCE: Rhodes is beseiged by Mithradates VI.
43 BCE: Rhodes is sacked by Cassius Longinus.
654 CE: According to Theophanes, a Jewish merchant transports the pieces of the fallen Colossus of Rhodes to Edessa for melting down.