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Dikte Mountains

  The mountain range in the Lassithi prefecture is the Dikte. Its tallest peak is Mount Dikte, 2,148 metres above sea level. On the north side of Mount Dikte, in the Lassithi Plateau is the Dikteon Cave where legend says Zeus was hidden from his father, Kronos. The Lassithi Plateau with its distinctive windmills is surrounded by the peaks of Dikte and it lies at a height of 850 metres above sea level.

This text is cited Feb 2003 from the Crete TOURnet URL below, which contains images.

Greek & Roman Geography (ed. William Smith)


  Dicte (Dikte, Strab. x. p. 478 Diod. v. 70: Steph. B.; Dikton, Arat. Phaen. 33; Diktaion oros, Etym. M. s. v.; Dictaeus M., Plin. iv. 12: Juktas), the well-known Cretan mountain where; according to story, Zeus rested from his labours on earth and in heaven. Here the lying Cretan dared to show the tomb of the Father of gods and men, which remained an object of veneration or curiosity from an early period to the age of Constantine. (Cic. de N. D. iii. 2. 1; Diod. iii. 61; Lucian, de Sacrif. 10, vol. i. p. 634, de Jov. Tragoed. 45, vol. ii. p. 693, ed. Hemst.; Origen. c. Cels. ii. 143, p. 475, ed. Par.) The stony slopes of the mountain rose to the SE. of Cnossus, ou the E. side. Mr. Pashley found considerable remains of ancient walls at about 100 paces from the summit. The fragments offered good specimens of the polygonal construction. (Trav. vol. i. p. 220.) These, no doubt, are the remains of that ancient city described by the Venetian writer (Descrizione dell' Isola di Candia) as lying on the E. or opposite side of the mountain to Lyctus, of which Ariosto (Orland. Fur. xx. 15) makes mention:
Fra cento alme citta ch‘ eano in Creta,
Dictea piu ricca, e piu piacevol era.

  On the lower slopes was the fountain, on the wonders of which the Venetian writer gives a glowing description (Mus. Class. Antiq. vol. ii. p. 270), and which must, therefore, have existed at an earlier date than that recorded by the inscription as given by Mr. Pashley (Trav. vol. i. p. 211.)

This text is from: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography (1854) (ed. William Smith, LLD). Cited September 2004 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains interesting hyperlinks

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