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Pythian Games

plural noun
one of the great national festivals of ancient Greece, held every four years at Delphi in honor of Apollo.
Origin of Pythian Games
First recorded in 1595-1605 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • To commemorate such a doughty deed, he instituted the Pythian Games wherein noble youths should strive for mastery.

  • The plunder of the town was sold to defray the expenses of the Pythian Games.

  • We also find such commemorative vases as that which bears the legend, The beautiful horse, twice conqueror at the Pythian Games.

    The Ceramic Art Jennie J. Young
  • As the time for the Pythian Games had now come round, Demetrius took upon himself to make a most startling innovation.

  • He early learned the art of wrestling, and became so great a proficient that he took part in the Isthmian and Pythian Games.

    Concord Days A. Bronson Alcott
  • Sosicles of Coronea having at the Pythian Games won the prize from all the poets, gave us an entertainment.

  • The next summer the truce for a year ended, after lasting until the Pythian Games.

  • And lastly there was an order issued to all the Thessalians to be ready for a campaign at the date of the Pythian Games.

    Hellenica Xenophon
  • He held a priesthood at Delphi, with some charge over the oracle and a stewardship at the Pythian Games.

  • Why, Milo himself was not stronger, and he won thirteen times at the Olympian and Pythian Games.

    Beric the Briton G. A. Henty
British Dictionary definitions for Pythian Games

Pythian Games

plural noun
(in ancient Greece) the second most important Panhellenic festival, celebrated in the third year of each Olympiad near Delphi. The four-year period between celebrations was known as a Pythiad (ˈpɪθɪˌæd)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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