Sites & cities that bear the name of Lapithos


Today in : Cyprus
First trace of activity : ca. 3,100 B.C.E
Last trace of activity : today
Recorded names : 𐤋‬𐤐‬𐤈, lpṭ, Λάπηθος, Lapta, Lapathus, Lápēthos, Λάπηθος, Ληπηθίς, Lēpēthís, Lapithus, Λάπιθος, Lápithos

Description : Lapithos or Lapethos (Greek: Λάπηθος; Turkish: Lapta) is a town in Cyprus. De facto, it is under the control of Northern Cyprus. According to Strabo, the ancient settlement of Lapathus, the site of which is nearby, was founded by Spartans. In Assyrian inscriptions, Lapithos is mentioned as one of the eleven Cypriot kingdoms. During the Persian rule, Lapithos was settled by Phoenicians. The last independent king Praxippos was subdued by Ptolemy I in 312 BC. Lambousa is the name currently used for the ancient Roman town on the coast about 3 kilometres (2 miles) north of the current Lapta.

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