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LATMUS (Λάτμος), a mountain of Caria, rising at the head of the Latmic bay, and stretching along in a north-western direction. (Strab. xiv. p.635 ; Apollon. 4.57; Plin. Nat. 5.31 ; Pomp. Mel. 1.17.) It is properly the western offshoot of Mount Albanus or Albacus. This mountain is probably alluded to by Homer (Hom. Il. 2.868), when he speaks of the mountain of the Phthirians, in the neighbourhood of Miletus. In Greek mythology, Mount Latmus is a place of some celebrity, being described as the place where Artemis (Luna) kissed the sleeping Endymion. In later times there existed on the mountain a sanctuary of Endymion, and his tomb was shown in a cave. (Apollod. 1.7.5 ; Hyg. Fab. 271; Ov. Tr. 2.299; V. Fl. 3.28; Paus. 5.1.4; Stat. Silv. 3.4.40.)


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