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Main city of the island of Lesbos, along the northern
coast of Asia Minor (area 9).
Mytilene was the birthplace of Pittacus, one of the Seven Sages listed by Diogenes Lærtius (Lives, I, 13) and by Plato at Protagoras, 343a, who ruled the city around 600 B. C. (see his life in Diogenes Lærtius' Lives, I, 74-81). Pittacus is also mentioned at Hippias Major, 281c-e and Republic, I, 335e.
Mytilene was also the birthplace of the poets Alcæus and Sappho.