Lapathus (Phoenician: 𐤋𐤐𐤈, LPṬ; Greek: Λάπαθος, Lápathos), also recorded as Lapethus (Λάπηθος, Lápēthos), Lepethis (Ληπηθίς, Lēpēthís), and Lapithus (Λάπιθος, Lápithos), was an ancient Cypriot town near present-day Lampousa and Karavas.
The foundation of Lapathus was credited to the Phoenicians. Nonnus claimed the name derived from an eponymous Lapathus, a follower of Dionysus. Strabo said that it received a Spartan colony headed by Praxander. He adds that it was situated opposite to the town of Nagidus in Cilicia and possessed a harbour and docks. It was situated in the north of the island, on a river of the same name and in a district called Lapethia (Λαπηθία, Lapēthía).
- Huss (1985), p. 569.
- Strabo. Geographica. xiv. p.682. Page numbers refer to those of Isaac Casaubon's edition.
- Ptolemy. The Geography. 5.14.4.
- Pliny. Naturalis Historia. 5.31.
- Periplus of Pseudo-Scylax, p. 41.
- Hierocles. Synecdemus.
- Richard Talbert, ed. (2000). Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World. Princeton University Press. p. 72, and directory notes accompanying.
- Lund University. Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire.
- Stephanus of Byzantium. Ethnica. s.v.
- Nonnus, Dionys. 13.447.
- Ptolemy. The Geography. 5.14.5.
- Diodorus Siculus. Bibliotheca historica (Historical Library). 19.59.
- Suda s.v. Λαπάθιοι.
- Huss, Werner (1985), Geschichte der Karthager, Munich: C.H. Beck, ISBN 9783406306549. (in German)
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Smith, William, ed. (1854–1857). "Lapathus". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography. London: John Murray.