- 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 peloponnesian
And here we close our account of the events which led to the Peloponnesian War.
When the envoys returned, the Peloponnesian ships were to be given back.
Corinth does not show her hand much in the Peloponnesian war.The Creed of the Old South 1865-1915
Basil L. Gildersleeve
During the Peloponnesian war it was a strong ally of Sparta.Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15)
In the days of the great Peloponnesian war we do not hear of the Amphiktyons at all.The Chief Periods of European History
Edward A. Freeman
- of or relating to the Peloponnese or its inhabitants
Word Origin and History for peloponnesian
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.