Isthmian games
Isthmian Isth"mi*an, a. [L. Isthmius, Gr. ?. See {Isthmus}.] Of or pertaining to an isthmus, especially to the Isthmus of Corinth, in Greece. [1913 Webster]

{Isthmian games} (Gr. Antiq.), one of the four great national festivals of Greece, celebrated on the Isthmus of Corinth in the spring of every alternate year. They consisted of all kinds of athletic sports, wrestling, boxing, racing on foot and in chariots, and also contests in music and poetry. The prize was a garland of pine leaves. [1913 Webster]


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  • Isthmian Games — Isth′mian Games′ n. anq one of the great national festivals of ancient Greece, held every two years on the Isthmus of Corinth • Etymology: 1595–1605 …   From formal English to slang

  • ISTHMIAN GAMES —    one of the four Pan Hellenic festivals; they were periodically celebrated in honour of Poseidon or Neptune at the isthmus of Corinth, in Greece, whence the name …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

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  • Isthmian — Isth mi*an, a. [L. Isthmius, Gr. ?. See {Isthmus}.] Of or pertaining to an isthmus, especially to the Isthmus of Corinth, in Greece. [1913 Webster] {Isthmian games} (Gr. Antiq.), one of the four great national festivals of Greece, celebrated on… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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