Amphictyony Definition

ăm-fĭktē-ə-nē
amphictyonies
noun
A league of neighboring ancient Greek states sharing a common religious center or shrine, especially the one at Delphi.
American Heritage
In ancient Greece, a confederation of states established around a religious center, as at Delphi.
Webster's New World
A religious foundation or co-operative shared between Greek city states during the classical period, typically to support the temple or cult of a deity shared by the city states. Also used academically to refer to similar arrangements in non-Greek cultures.
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amphictyony
Plural:
amphictyonies

Origin of Amphictyony

  • Greek Amphiktuonia from amphiktuones variant of amphiktiones neighbors amphi- on the periphery amphi– ktizein to settle tkei- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek ἀμφικτυονία (amphiktuonia), from ἀμφί (amphi, “around, near") + κτίζω (ktizō, “I found, people")

    From Wiktionary

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