Definition of Amphictyony

1. Noun. An association of neighboring states or tribes in ancient Greece; established originally to defend a common religious center.

Generic synonyms: Political Entity, Political Unit



Definition of Amphictyony

1. n. A league of states of ancient Greece; esp. the celebrated confederation known as the Amphictyonic Council. Its object was to maintain the common interests of Greece.

Definition of Amphictyony

1. Noun. A religious foundation or co-operative shared between Greek city states during the classical period, typically to support the temple or cult of a deity shared by the city states. Also used academically to refer to similar arrangements in non-Greek cultures. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Amphictyony

1. [n -NIES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Amphictyony

amphibrach
amphibrachic
amphibrachs
amphicarpous
amphicelous
amphicentric
amphicheiral
amphichiral
amphichroic
amphichromatic
amphiclous
amphicome
amphicrania
amphictyonic
amphictyonies
amphictyony (current term)
amphicyte
amphid
amphidextrous
amphidinolide
amphidiploid
amphidiploidies
amphidiploids
amphidiploidy
amphidisc
amphidiscs
amphidromical
amphidromous
amphids

Literary usage of Amphictyony

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1. Lectures on Ancient History, from the Earliest Times to the Taking of by Barthold Georg Niebuhr, Marcus von Niebuhr (1852)
"THE formation of the Delphic amphictyony, is an event of extraordinary importance; but we have no trace of its origin, and our history does not even ..."

2. Pericles and the Golden Age of Athens by Evelyn Abbott (1892)
"Decadence of Sparta—Invasion of Thessaly—Attempt on the Delphian amphictyony—Troubles in the Peloponnesus—Earthquake at Sparta and revolt of the ..."

3. The Story of Greece by James Albert Harrison (1892)
"An amphictyony united Argos with Corinth and Sicyon in the common worship of Apollo as the god of the league. Every year they lavished offerings in the ..."

4. The Story of Greece by James Albert Harrison (1885)
"Like Delphi, it was a religious //o'A/s, or city, the kernel-seed or starting-point of an amphictyony, and a political centre; but far more than Delphi, ..."

5. A Handbook of Greek Constitutional History by Abel Hendy Jones Greenidge (1896)
"Its religious influence must have paled before that of the amphictyony of Delphi, which, owing to the repute gained by its oracle, was ever growing into ..."

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