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c. 1600 BCE
Rhodes has significant contact with Minoan Crete.
The traditional date Danaos builds a temple to Athena Lindia at Lindus on Rhodes.
c. 1400 BCE
Rhodes has significant contact with the Mycenaean civilization.
c. 689 BCE
Rhodes and Cretans found Gela in Sicily.
c. 580 BCE
Agrigento in Sicily is founded by colonists from Gela, Crete and Rhodes.
Rhodes comes under Persian rule.
c. 412 BCE
Rhodes revolts against Athens and supports Sparta in the Peloponnesian War.
c. 408 BCE
The various city-states of Rhodes form a single federal state.
c. 408 BCE
The capital of Rhodes is moved from Lindos to Rhodes town.
Democracy is established on Rhodes.
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.
c. 292 BCE - c. 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
206 BCE - 204 BCE
Crete is at war with Rhodes.
Samos comes under the jurisdiction of Rhodes.
Rome gives control of Lycia to Rhodes.
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.
Rhodes is beseiged by Mithradates VI.
Rhodes is sacked by Cassius Longinus.
c. 654 CE
According to Theophanes, a Jewish merchant transports the pieces of the fallen Colossus of Rhodes to Edessa for melting down.