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Polybius, Histories, book 4, Polyrrhen and Lappa Join the Alliance (search)
to the interest of Polyrrhenia and her allies: for in a brief space
of time they shut the Eleuthernaeans and Cydonians within
their walls, and compelled the people of Aptera to forsake the
alliance of the Cnossians and share their fortunes. When these
results had been obtained, the Polyrrhenians and their allies
joined in sending to the aid of Philip and the Achaeans five
hundred Cretans, the Cnossians having sent a thousand to the
Aetolians a short time before; both of which contingents took
part in the existing war on their respective sides. Nay more,
the exiled party of Gortyn seized the harbour of Phaestus,Which had a harbour formed by a projecting headland called Lisses.
Steph. Byz., who quotes Homer, Odyss. 3, 293:
e)/sti de/ tis *li/ssh(s ai)pei=a/ te ei)s a(/la pe/trh.
and also by a sudden and bold attack occupied the port of
Gortyn itself; and from these two places as bases of operation
they carried on the war with the party in the town. Such was
the state of Crete.