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or Phi·dip·pi·des

  1. the Athenian runner who secured aid from Sparta in the struggle between the Athenians and the Persians 490 b.c.
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Historical Examples

  • The victors sent the runner Pheidippides to bear the news to Athens.

    Introductory American History

    Henry Eldridge Bourne

  • But nowadays one had need be a Milo and a fleet Pheidippides in one, Sir.

  • What is the claim of Pheidippides—as Browning presents him—to memory as a hero?

  • The poet finishes the story, which he has hitherto allowed Pheidippides to tell for himself.

  • Pheidippides bowed his head even in the heat of the race, bowed his head and listened.

    The Potter and the Clay

    Arthur F. Winnington Ingram

British Dictionary definitions for pheidippides



  1. 5th century bc . Athenian athlete, who ran to Sparta to seek help against the Persians before the Battle of Marathon (490 bc)
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