Patreus was the mythical founder of the city. He was the son of Preugenes and ninth descendant of Lacedaemon, the founder of Sparta. He united three small city states around 1500 BC.It was a quiet area of farms which were cultivated for over a thousand years, with occasional interruptions for one war or another. There was a powerful sanctuary of Artemis Laphria on the acropolis of Patrae.


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