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Polybius, Histories, book 4, War In Crete (search)
st the Rhodians, and then went to open war with them. The people of Lyttos,Or Lyctos (Steph. Byz.) too, a short time before this, metThe destruction of Lyttos. with an irretrievable disaster. At that time the political state of Crete as a whole was this. The Cnossians, in league withe whole island under their power, with the exception of the city of Lyttos; and this being the only city which refused obedience, they resolverst the whole of the other Cretan cities were united in war against Lyttos: but presently when some jealousy arose from certain trifling causein, the elder men espoused the side of Cnossus, the younger that of Lyttos, and so were in opposition to each other. Taken by surprise by this's territory, the Cnossians got information of the fact, and seized Lyttos while thus denuded of its defenders. The children and women they selies in their war against the Cnossians. Thus at one fell swoop was Lyttos, a colony of Sparta and allied with the Lacedaemonians in blood, th