- a festival in honor of the goddess Athena, celebrated yearly in ancient Athens, with each fourth year reserved for greater pomp, marked by contests, as in athletics and music, and highlighted by a solemn procession to the Acropolis bearing a peplos embroidered for the goddess.
Also Pan·ath·e·nai·a [pan-ath-uh-ney-uh] /ˌpæn æθ əˈneɪ ə/.
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The Panathenaia was not, like the Dithyramb, a spring festival.Ancient Art and Ritual
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It formed the chief feature of the Doric gymnopaidia and of the greater and lesser Panathenaia at Athens.
At the Panathenaia noble Athenian maidens carried such baskets, filled with holy cakes, incense, and knives on their heads.
The institution of this greater Panathenaia is attributed to Peisistratos.
- (in ancient Athens) a summer festival on the traditional birthday of Athena
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