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Aghios Nikolaos
Category: Church
Prefecture: Lassithi
Address: Milatos, Crete
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Milatos or Militos (Milatos is located a few km east of Sissi and Malia, approximately 30 km west of Agios Nikolaos and 45 km east of Heraklion) has been made known by Homer too (Iliad, B’), who mentions it amongst the seven other cities that took part in the campaign to seize Troy under Idomeneas and Miriones.

It is said that the first man who colonized the area was Sarpidon, Minoas’ brother and according to Apollodoros (3,1,2) Milatos was established by Militos, son of Apollo and Aria, Kleohos’ grandson. This city has been the metropolitan city of the Ionian Militos. Milatos (the Dorian name of Militos) throve from the Classical to the Hellenistic times, when it got destroyed by Liktioi (about 200 BC), (Stravon β’, 10, p.479). Excavations in the area have discovered objects of Minoan art as well as Mycenean tombs and vases of Mycenean order, clues that indicate the city’s prehistoric past. It seems that the ancient city was on today’s Castello hill. The city is also mentioned by Stravon (β’, 12, p.570), Pausanias (Fok. K. 30) and others. Milatos was Pindareos’ homeland who, according to mythology, stole Zeus’ dog and gave it to Tantalos.

Zeus killed Pindareos and his wife and left their three daughters (Aedona, Cleothera and Merope), orphan virgins, to be brought up by Aphrodite. Hera gave them wisdom and beauty, Artemis gave them a good body posture and Athena taught them the feminine virtues. When Aphrodite went to ask Zeus to provide a happy marriage for her dependants, the Harpies snatched the virgin daughters of Pindareos and gave them to Erinyes (female chthonic deities of vengeance) to have them as their slaves.