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KERINTHOS Euboia, Greece.

Listed in Homer's catalogue of ships, the city was known to Ptolemy and Strabo, though it was no longer of any importance, having early lost its independence to Histiaia. The site has been identified with a hill N of modern Mantudi, near the Bay of Peleki, at the mouth of the Boudoros river. The acropolis drops abruptly to the sea in a 30 m cliff. The fortification wall on the N side is of irregular polygonal blocks roughly dressed, and probably belongs to the 6th c. city, the destruction of which Theognis attributed to the Kypselids. The wall on the S side is double-faced, of trapezoidal blocks in courses, with a square tower of regular isodomic masonry: these sections are probably Hellenistic. Pernier reported the remains of a large rectangular building on the highest ground, with other buildings of rough limestone blocks, along streets laid out according to the cardinal points of the compass. No finds have been reported from the Roman period.


Theog. 891-94; W. Vischer, Kl. Schr. (1877) 597P; L. Pernier in ASAtene III 1916-20 (1921) 273-76I; L. Sackett et al. in BSA 61 (1966) 43fM.


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