back into rhodes

so, back into rhodes. let’s do the history, in brief: turkey is that close. this matters for history. the island was settled in prehistoric times but didn’t start to develop major cities until after the trojan war1. it became part of the roman empire and then, after the division of the empire, part of byzantium. in a.d. 620, it was captured by the persians, but then the arabs invaded 33 years later.  the byzantines didn’t reassert control until a.d. 718. the crusaders moved in and took control in the 13th century2 and then turned the island over to the knights of…