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Rhode was the goddess of the island of Rhodes and the daughter of Poseidon and Leucothea.

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Rhode was the sea nymph or goddess of the island of Rhodes, the daughter of Poseidon and Leucothea, known then as the nymph Halia.

She was a consort of Helios, and another protector of the island, which was the sole center of her cult. Her name was applied to the rose, which appeared on Rhodian coinage.

The first inhabitants of Rhodes were identified by Hellenes as the Telchines. Helios made the island rise from the sea and with Rhode, fathered seven sons there, the Heliadae: Ochimus, Cercaphus, Macareus, Actis, Tenages, Triopas and Candalus, and one daughter, Electryone. Her daughter died a virgin and her sons became legendary astronomers and rulers of the island, accounting for the cities among which it was divided.

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