Lyttos was one of most ancient and powerful cities of the Greek (Doric) era. Its territory was from the north to the south of Crete, extending to the Lassithi Plateau. Its harbour was Hersonisos. Lyttos was one of the most aggressive city states of the Hellenic era and it was continually at war with Knossos and Gortyn. In 220 B.C. it expedited against Ierapytna, the strong city state in the site of today's Ierapetra, leaving the city with little protection. The Knosseans found the opportunity to occupy and destroy the city completely. The city was later rebuilt, however, and put up strong resistance to the Romans. Today few remains can yet be seen from recently-begun excavations of the site. However, the site has a commanding view of the valley below and the mountains of Lassithi making it worthwhile to visit. In Roman times the city flourished again. Today a part of the formidable Roman wall that enclosed the city is visible. Many statues were found here.
This extract is cited Feb 2003 from the Crete TOURnet URL below, which contains images.
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