History begins from the time when myth and reality become one.
The first inhabitants of Rhodes are believed to be the Telcshines where the island received its name Telchinis. Later on came the Iliades, sons of the god Ilios (Apollo) and the nymph Rhodes from where the island received its present name. Ôhe Iliades were followed by the Cares, the Phoenicians, and the Minoans from Minoan Crete after the destruction of the Minoan civilization from the eruption of the volcano of Thira. Around the year 1200 B.C. the Dorians came to the island.
In 1100 B.C. three city-states took shape on the island, Ialisos, Kamiros, and Lindos. Each city-state has its own independent government. The region of Southern Rhodes belonged to the city-state of Lindos and the history of the region is related to the history of Lindos. There were seven (7) ancient demes and among those was the Demos Pedieon on the beach near the village Gennadi. The Demos Pedieon was one of the strongest coastal demes of the state during the Archaic Period (7th and 6th centuries B.C.).
In 42 B.C. the Rhodians refused to help the Roman general Cassius against his enemies, and Cassius enraged, occupied and pilfered the city, its municipalities and communities. Cassius transferred more than 3000 works of art to Rome.
In 1309 the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem, establish themselves in Rhodes and from then are called the Knights of Rhodes. In the region of Southern Rhodes, were five(5) fortresses and two(2) castles. The Knights remained in Rhodes for 231 years (1309-1522).
On the 1st of January in the year 1523 the Turks with Souleiman the Magnificent occupy the island and the very next day flagship "Santa Maria" and the other ships of the Knights, along with 4000 to 5000 Rhodians leave the island of Rhodes heading for Malta, as the island becomes enslaved for many years.
In 1912 the Italians occupy the island. The economic and cultural development are rekindled.
In 1948, Rhodes along with the other islands of the Dodecanese are united with the mother-land Greece. (Hellas)