Leben (Crete)

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Temple of Asclepius at Leben

Leben (Ancient Greek: Λέβην)[1] or Lebena (Λέβηνα)[2][3][4] or Lebene (Λεβήνη)[5] was a maritime town of ancient Crete, a harbour of Gortyna, about 70 stadia inland.[1] It possessed a temple of Asclepius, of great celebrity.[6] In the Peutinger Table its name appears as Ledena.[7] According to the Stadiasmus Maris Magni, it had a harbour and was located 270 stadia from Biannus and 50 stadia from Halas.[3]

The site of Leben is located near modern Lentas.[8][9]


  1. ^ a b Strabo. Geographica. x. p. 478. Page numbers refer to those of Isaac Casaubon's edition.
  2. ^ Ptolemy. The Geography. 3.17.4.
  3. ^ a b Stadiasmus Maris Magni §§ 321-322.
  4. ^ Pliny. Naturalis Historia. 4.12.
  5. ^ Pausanias. Description of Greece. 2.26.7.
  6. ^ Philostrat. Vit. Apollon. 9.11.
  7. ^ Peut. Tab.
  8. ^ Richard Talbert, ed. (2000). Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World. Princeton University Press. p. 60, and directory notes accompanying.
  9. ^ Lund University. Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire.

Coordinates: 34°55′57″N 24°55′27″E / 34.9324766°N 24.9240693°E / 34.9324766; 24.9240693