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Rhytion was an ancient city in Crete, probably located between the modern Kastelli and Agioi Deka.[1] It was one of seven Cretan cities listed in the Catalogue of Ships from the Iliad.[2] The city continued to be independent until the Hellenistic period. According to Strabo, it then came under the rule of Gortyn and declined. The town is also mentioned by Nonnos, Pliny the Elder and Stefanos Byzantios.

Rhytion remained inhabited, although insignificant, until the Byzantine period, until, according to Claudius Aelianus, the citizens were forced to leave by an insect plague.


  1. ^ Smith, William, ed. (1854). A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography. 2. London: Walton & Maberly. p. 717. 
  2. ^ Iliad 2.645–650.