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  1. 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.
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Also Pan·ath·e·nai·a [pan-ath-uh-ney-uh] /ˌpæn æθ əˈneɪ ə/.
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Historical Examples of panathenaea

  • You must ride at the Panathenaea on a horse fit for the great king: four acres of my best vines went for that folly.

    The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, Vol. 1 (of 4)

    Thomas Babington Macaulay

  • Mr. Verrall supposes the "Cyclic" poems, as well as our Homer, to have been recited at the Panathenaea.

  • It deals merely with the legalised recitation of Homeric poetry, and of that poetry alone, at the Panathenaea.

  • Here he established the worship of Athena, instituted the Panathenaea, and built an Erechtheum.

  • The Panathenaea, at which the new robes for the image of he goddess were carried through the city, spread like a sail on a mast.

British Dictionary definitions for panathenaea


  1. (in ancient Athens) a summer festival on the traditional birthday of Athena
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