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A titular see of Macedonia, known by its coins and inscriptions, mentioned in Ptolemy (III, xiii), the younger Pliny (IV, x, 17), Harpocration, Stephanus Byzantius, and Suidas, and in the Middle Ages in Nicephorus Bryennius (IV, xix). The spelling "Lite" is incorrect and comes from iotacism. Lete appears in some "Notitiæ episcopatuum" of a late period as suffragan of Thessalonica, later united to the See of Rentina. Lete and Rentina even had Greek bishops until the eighteenth century. Lete is today the small village of Aïvati (1000 inhabitants) situated a little north of Salonica.


DUCHESNE in Revue archéologique (1875); IDEM, Archives des Missions scientifiques, 3rd series, III, 276, sq.; DEMITSAS, Archaia geographia tes Makedonias (Athens, 1870), 250-52; IDEM, He Makedonia, I (Athens, 1896), 566-74.

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APA citation. Pétridès, S. (1910). Lete. In The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.

MLA citation. Pétridès, Sophrone. "Lete." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 9. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1910. <>.

Ecclesiastical approbation. Nihil Obstat. October 1, 1910. Remy Lafort, Censor. Imprimatur. +John M. Farley, Archbishop of New York.

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