- (in ancient Greece) any of the leagues of states, especially the league at Delphi, united for mutual protection and the worship of a common deity.
Origin of amphictyony
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Sometimes this tendency to religious fraternity took a form called an Amphictyony, different from the common festival.
Thus there was an Amphictyony of seven cities at the holy island of Caluria, close to the harbor of Troezen.
This later class of festivals agreed with the Amphictyony in being of a special and exclusive character, not open to all Greeks.
It did not even prevent members of the Amphictyony fighting one another.History Of Ancient Civilization
- (in ancient Greece) a religious association of states for the maintenance of temples and the cults connected with them
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