The agora of Lato
|Location||Kritsa, Crete, Greece|
|Abandoned||Approximately 200 BC|
|Periods||Archaic Greece to Hellenistic Greece|
|Management||24th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities|
The 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.
The city most likely 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.
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- Stephanus of Byzantium, Ethnikon, s.v. Kamara
- Greek Ministry of Culture Archived 2007-04-03 at the Wayback Machine
- C.Michael Hogan, Lato Fieldnotes, The Modern Antiquarian, Jan 10, 2008