Rhodes, Cecil John 1853-1902; Brit. financier & colonial administrator in South Africa
- largest island of the Dodecanese, in the Aegean: 545 sq mi (1,412 sq km)
- seaport on this island: pop. 40,000
Origin of RhodesClassical Greek Rhodos
An island of southeast Greece in the Aegean Sea off southwest Turkey. It is the largest of the Dodecanese Islands and was colonized by Dorians from Argos before 1000 BC and strongly influenced by the Minoan culture of Crete. The harbor of the ancient city of Rhodes, on the northeast end of the island, was the site of the Colossus of Rhodes, a bronze statue erected 292–280 BC that was one of the Seven Wonders of the World.