Pythian Games

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the ancient Panhellenic celebration at Delphi held every four years in the third year of the Olympiad in honor of Apollo

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Built in the 5th century B.C., the Pythian Games, with Pan-Hellenic musical and gymnastic contests, was held here.
This account of the procession in honour of Neoptolemos at the opening of the Pythian Games is so rich in detail that historians of religion have succumbed to the temptation to pronounce it to be the evidence of an eye-witness, (7) whereas it is, of course, a rhetorical extravaganza--a fictional pastiche based on a wide range of ancient sources from Homer to Quintus of Smyrna.
and if I had come down, bringing double blessings, golden health and celebration as lustre for the crowns of the Pythian Games, which victorious Pherenikos carried off at Kirrha once ...
[later] the Amphictyons [who administered the sanctuary] instituted equestrian and gymnastic contests in which the prize was a [laurel] crown, and called them Pythian Games.' The walls of the theatre were covered with inscriptions, most of them recording the manumission of slaves.
Apollo's love for the nymph Daphne, for example, who was turned into a laurel tree so that she would not have to succumb to the great Roman god, was commemorated whenever one of the god's devotees, such as victors at the ancient Pythian games, wore a wreath made of leaves from that tree.
I doubt that the city of Thessalonica could celebrate the Olympic or Pythian games (see p.
In the olden days the Greeks awarded wreaths of laurel leaves to the champions of the Pythian Games the forerunner of the modern Olympics.
The armed race began at the Pythian games at Delphi ca.