one of the great national festivals of ancient Greece, held every four years at Delphi in honor of Apollo.
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Origin of Pythian Games
First recorded in 1595–1605
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(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)
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