Origin of megalopolisGr, literally , great city; also used as the name of ancient and modern cities of the Peloponnesus
The definition of a megalopolis is a large and densely populated city or group of towns that make up an urban complex.
New York City and surrounding areas including Long Island are an example of a megalopolis.
an extensive, heavily populated, continuously urban area that includes a number of cities
- A very large city.
- A region made up of several large cities and their surrounding areas in sufficient proximity to be considered a single urban complex.
Origin of megalopolismegalo- Greek polis city ; see pelə-3 in Indo-European roots.
- An older spelling of Megalopoli
- Both Sparta and Megalopolis sent embassies to Athens.
- The foundation of the new federal capital Megalopolis threw Tegea somewhat into the shade.
- Traces remain of paved roads both within the agora and leading out of it; but the whole site is now a deserted and feverish swamp. The site is interesting for comparison with Megalopolis; the nature of its plan seems to imply that its main features must survive from the earlier "synoecism" a century before the time of Epaminondas.
- But Aratus, whose jealousy could not brook to see a Spartan at the head of the Achaean league called in Antigonus Doson of Macedonia, and Cleomenes, after conducting successful expeditions to Megalopolis and Argos, was finally defeated at Sellasia, to the north of Sparta, in 222 or 221 B.C. He took refuge at Alexandria with Ptolemy Euergetes, but was arrested by his successor, Ptolemy Philopator, on a charge of conspiracy.
- The new fortress of Megalopolis, instead of supplying a centre of national life, merely accentuated the mutual jealousy of the cities.