- a peninsula forming the S part of Greece: seat of the early Mycenaean civilization and the powerful city-states of Argos, Sparta, etc. 8356 sq. mi. (21,640 sq. km).
Origin of Peloponnesus
Examples from the Web for peloponnese
During this interval the troops from Peloponnese kept quiet in preparation as for battle.
Here was the chance to fill all the granaries of Peloponnese with corn.
It was thus the Thebans effected their object and retired from Peloponnese.
After these the ambassadors from the Peloponnese were introduced.
For the despots in the Peloponnese were in despair at the death of Demetrius.
- the Peloponnese the S peninsula of Greece, joined to central Greece by the Isthmus of Corinth: chief cities in ancient times were Sparta and Corinth, now Patras. Pop: 503 300 (2001). Area: 21 439 sq km (8361 sq miles)Also known as: Peloponnesus Medieval name: Morea Modern Greek name: Peloponnesos
Word Origin and History for peloponnese
peninsula of southern Greece, late 15c., from Latin, from Greek Peloponnesos, second element apparently nesos "island" (see Chersonese); first element said to be named for Pelops, son of Tantalus, who killed him and served him to the gods as food (they later restored him to life). The proper name is probably from pellos "dark" + ops "face, eye." But the association with the peninsula name likely is folk etymology. Related: Peloponnesian.