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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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  • This is not a Minoan site, but a Greek archaic period site, very well preserved, and which will appeal to lovers of archaeology. The site is simply superb, the ancient city was strategically located... !
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  • We arrived at 830am and enjoyed the whole site to ourselves, before the heat and crowds. We just wandered through the site as a family absorbing the atmosphere.  more »
  • 15 West of Aghios Nikolaos is the ruins of the Château with the remains of an ancient city containing the remains of an ancient city in the seventh century BC the remains are in good condition, and nachntam in notanimam imagination to appreciate the city's backbone but artistic treasures revealed at hamirot, with spectacular images of the sea, who explain why they chose the bullets to settle in an area between akropolisim city, the remains include part of the city walls, buildings and shops , Built on terraces, from different periods. On second thoughts, expendable, or to settle for observing the site spare time to reserve for visiting korita.
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