Rhodes is not a Colossus

Updated: Jun 18, 2020


The name of “Rhodes” conveniently provides an ideal springboard for imagination: it runs from the ancient Mediterranean to the 21st century, from Ptolemaic Greece to a global and divisively post-imperial Anglo world. It is a name that evokes both past grandeur and literal fall from grace, especially as creative puns have flurried in recent protests - with ‘it’s the end of the Rhode(s)’ and ‘all Rhodes lead to the river’ standing out with flair. But there are not just phonetics similarities uniting ancient and more recent Rhodes to current debates.