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THENAE (Θεναί, Callim. in Jov. 42; Steph. B. sub voce Ὀμφάλιον), a town of Crete close on the Omphalian plain, and near Cnossus. If not on the very site it must have been close to the Castello Temenos of the Venetians, which was built A. D. 961, when the Cretans, under their Saracenic leaders, were vanquished by Nicephorus Phocas and the forces of the Byzantine emperor. (Pashley, Travels, vol. i. p. 224; comp. Finlay, Byzantine Empire, vol. i. p. 377; Gibbon. c. lii.)


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