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Levitha island.

Levitha (Greek: Λέβιθα, known in classical antiquity as Lebinthus or Lebinthos (Ancient Greek: Λέβινθος) is a small Greek island located in the east of the Aegean Sea, between Kinaros and Kalymnos, part of the Dodecanese islands. It is part of the municipality Leros. The island is mentioned in two of Ovid's works Ars Amatoria and the Metamorphoses in connection with the saga of Daedalus and Icarus. While escaping from Crete, Daedalus and Icarus flew over Lebinthus.[1] Besides Ovid, the island is noted by the ancient authors Pliny the Elder,[2] Pomponius Mela,[3] Strabo,[4] and Stephanus of Byzantium.[5]

As of 2009, the population of the island is five - a family with two children and her grandmother. The total area of the island is 9.2 square kilometres (4 sq mi) and its total coast line length is 34 kilometres (21 miles).


  1. ^ Ovid, Metamorphoses 8.222; Ars Amatoria 2.81.
  2. ^ Pliny. Naturalis Historia. 4.12.23.
  3. ^ Pomponius Mela. De situ orbis. 2.7.11.
  4. ^ Strabo. Geographica. x. p. 487. Page numbers refer to those of Isaac Casaubon's edition.
  5. ^ Stephanus of Byzantium. Ethnica. s.v. Δρεπάνη.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1854–1857). "Lebinthus". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography. London: John Murray.

Coordinates: 37°00′40″N 26°27′35″E / 37.01111°N 26.45972°E / 37.01111; 26.45972