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Iardanus river

  Iardanus (Iardanos), a river on the N. coast of Crete, near the banks of which the Cydonians dwelt. (Hom. Od. iii. 292.) It is identified with the rapid stream of the Platania, which rises in the White Mountains, and, after flowing between the Rhizite villages of Theriso and Laki or Lakus, runs through a valley formed by low hills, and filled with lofty platanes; from which it obtains its name. The river of Platania falls into the sea, nearly opposite the islet of Haghios Theodhoros, where there is good anchorage. (Pashley, Trav. vol. ii. p. 22 ; Hock, Kreta, vol. i. pp. 23, 384.)


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