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The Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites
Six km W of Sybrita, a small fortified Greek city, with a second larger
fortified city just 3 km to the E. Apparently occupied only in Classical and Hellenistic
times, and abandoned before the Roman occupation, the city was sited on a N slope
on the E edge of the Gorge of Patsos, and covered an area in excess of 2 hectares.
On the E side, and sporadically on the S side, the defense wall can be seen, built
to a width of 1.5 to 2 m. At least one projecting rectangular tower was built
on the E wall, and there are traces of a corner tower at the S end of the E wall.
At the SW corner of the site, a stretch of more crudely built wall ending in a
semicircular bastion of about 4 m diameter, seems to be a late (?Hellenistic)
addition or repair to the original Classical defenses.
Both the city at Pantanassa and that nearby at Veni would presumably
have belonged to the great city of Sybrita, but whereas Pantanassa saw no Roman
occupation, the city at Veni was occupied continuously, it appears, from archaic
to Roman times.
K. Branigan, ed.
This text is from: The Princeton encyclopedia of classical sites,
Princeton University Press 1976. Cited Nov 2002 from
Perseus Project URL below, which contains bibliography & interesting hyperlinks.
The village is located 27km southeast from Rethimnon on a right exit
from Filaki of the Amari Valley road (Rethimnon - Prasies - Filaki - Voleones
- Pantanassa). Just before entering the village, on the road, is the two-aisled
Byzantine church of Agios Ioannis and Agia Triada.
This text is cited Dec 2002 from the Crete TOURnet URL below, which contains image.
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