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Strabo

Phaestus

  Of the three cities that were united under one metropolis by Minos, the third, which was Phaestus, was razed to the ground by the Gortynians; it is sixty stadia distant from Gortyn, twenty from the sea, and forty from the seaport Matalum; and the country is held by those who razed it. Rhytium, also, together with Phaestus, belongs to the Gortynians: "and Phaestus and Rhytium" (Hom. Il. 2.648).
  Epimenides, who performed the purifications by means of his verses, is said to have been from Phaestus.
  And Lissen also is in the Phaestian territory.

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