Map showing the ancient city Kingdoms of Cyprus
Lapathus (Phoenician: 𐤋𐤐𐤈, LPṬ; Greek: Λάπαθος, Lápathos), also recorded as Lapethus (Λάπηθος, Lápēthos), Lepethis (Ληπηθίς, Lēpēthís), and Lapithus (Λάπιθος, Lápithos), was an ancient Cypriot town near present-day Lampousa and Karavas.
The foundation of Lapathus was credited to the Phoenicians. Nonnus claimed the name derived from an eponymous Lapathus, a follower of Dionysus. Strabo said that it received a Spartan colony headed by Praxander. He adds that it was situated opposite to the town of Nagidus in Cilicia and possessed a harbour and docks. It was situated in the north of the island, on a river of the same name and in a district called Lapethia (Λαπηθία, Lapēthía).
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