Lato


Lato

Lato (Ancient Greek: polytonic|Λατώ [Stephanus of Byzantium, Ethnikon, "s.v." Kamara] ) was an ancient city of Crete, the ruins of which are located approximately 3 km from the small town of Kritsa. The city 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 (fifth and fourth centuries BC). The city was destroyed ca. 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 [ [http://www.culture.gr/2/21/211/21124a/e211xa05.html Greek Ministry of Culture] ] . Lato also minted coins in antiquity, [ [http://themodernantiquarian.com/site/10847/lato.html#fieldnotes C.Michael Hogan, "Lato Fieldnotes", The Modern Antiquarian, Jan 10, 2008] ] bearing the likeness of the goddess Eileithyia who appears to have been the one particularly worshipped at Lato. [ [http://www.culture.gr/2/21/211/21124a/e211xa05.html Greek Ministry of Culture] ]

Nearchus, admiral of Alexander the Great, was born at Lato. [ [http://www.culture.gr/2/21/211/21124a/e211xa05.html Greek Ministry of Culture] ]

ee also

*Lato pros Kamara
*Magasa

References

*SmithDGRG
*Martha W. Baldwin Bowsky, "Portrait of a Polis: Lato Pros Kamara (Crete) in the Late Second Century B. C.", "Hesperia", Vol. 58, No. 3 (July - September 1989), pp. 331-47
* [http://www.culture.gr/2/21/211/21124a/e211xa05.html Greek Ministry of Culture]
* [http://www.crete.tournet.gr/Ancient_City_of_Lato-si-100-en.jsp Tourism website of the area]
* [http://www.travel-to-crete.com/place.php?place_id=37 Tourism website of the area]


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