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The Archaeological Site of Lappa, Rethymnon

 
 

Lappa, near current day Argiroupouli was one of the most important towns in Crete during the Roman period, issuing its own currency.  From the coins that have been discovered on the site it is clear that Lappa, although inland, maintained close links with the ports of Hydramia on the North coast and Phoenix on the South coast.

In 68BC Lappa was destroyed by the Romans, but during the civil war between Octavius and Antony, the people of Lappa cleverly chose to side with the victor, Octavius, who allowed them to rebuild their city.  Most of the remains that have been discovered on the site date back to this period.

Key findings that have been uncovered at Lappa include Roman baths and an aqueduct to the South-East of the village.  Statues of Aphrodite, Pan and Hera have also been discovered as well as busts of several Gods, the decrees passed by the city, vessels and numerous coins.  Many of the items found at Lappa are on display at the Archaeological Museum of Rethymnon.

Whilst it is during the Roman period that Lappa rose to prominence there is also evidence of human life during the Hellenistic period in this region.  One of the caves along the road to Zouridi was used as a burial place during this time and the remains of some adults and children have been found.