(Ῥύτιον/Rhýtion). City in southern central Crete (Plin. HN 4,59), today's Rhotasi. Traces of settlements from late Minoan to Venetian periods. First literary mention at Hom. Il. 2,648 (reference to its being well populated). Rhytium was important beyond its borders as a cultic site for Zeus Skylios [1. 141]. Politically, R. was dependant on Gortyn (Str. 10,4,14).
1 H. Verbruggen, Le Zeus crétois, 1981.
H. Beister, s. v. Pyrgos, in: Lauffer, Griechenland, 580
M. Guarducci, Inscriptiones Creticae 1, 1935, 303 f.