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Lato, Crete

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Lato was an ancient city of Crete, the ruins of which are located approximately 3 km from the small town of Kritsa.HistoryThe Dorian city-state was built in a defensible position overlooking Mirabello Bay between two peaks, both of which became acropolises to the city. Although the city probably predates the arrival of the Dorians, the ruins date mainly from the Dorian period (5th and 4th centuries BCE). The city was destroyed c. 200 BCE, but its port (Lato Etera or Lato pros Kamara), located near Agios Nikolaos was in use during Roman rule. This has led to the confusion, repeated by Stephanus of Byzantium quoting Xenion, a Cretan historian, that Kamara and Lato were one and the same. Modern scholarship distinguishes the two.There is some suggestion that the city was named after the goddess Leto (of which Lato is the usual Doric form) and may be mentioned in Linear B tablets as RA-TO. Lato also minted coins in antiquity, bearing the likeness of the goddess Eileithyia who appears to have been the one particularly worshipped at Lato.Nearchus, admiral of Alexander the Great, was born at Lato.
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  • if you like your history then a trip to Lato is a must. This ancient town was built as a fortress of sorts in a mountain pass about 5BC. Parts of the town, the temple, agora etc are easy to see. We we...  more »
  • Lato is an ancient town of the Doric period, around 5 BCE. The Dorians were Iron Age people, unlike the Bronze Age Minoans, and the contrast between Lato and Minoan villages is striking. With iron too...  more »
  • wonderful site, much remains where you can langswandelen. with the necessary URklimwerk.dus not for people who are not good to bone
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