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Cynaetha (Ancient Greek: Κύναιθα) was a city-state in ancient Arcadia. The northernmost town of Arcadia, it bordered on the territories of Cleitor and Pheneus. It was located near present Kalavryta.[1] It was located 40 stades (6 km) from Lousoi.[2]

It was destroyed by the Aetolians in the Social War (220–217 BC), but it was rebuilt afterwards.[1] When Pausanias visited the city it had a sanctuary of Dionysus and a statue of emperor Hadrian. The Cynaetheans gave to Olympia the statue of Zeus which held a thunder in his hand. There was a spring near Cynaetha named Alyssus (Άλυσσος), which was to cure from rabies.[2]


  1. ^ a b  Smith, William, ed. (1854). "Cynaetha". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography 1. London: John Murray. p. 725. 
  2. ^ a b Pausanias, Description of Greece, 8.19