plural noun
Pan·​ath·​e·​naea | \ ˌpaˌnathəˈnēə \

Definition of Panathenaea

: the annual or quadrennial festivities of ancient Athens in honor of Athena celebrated in their greater form for several days during the third year of each olympiad and including a great procession in which the people marched to the acropolis bearing an embroidered peplos for their tutelary goddess and also athletic, musical, equestrian, and other contests

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Other Words from Panathenaea

Panathenaean \ ¦⸗ˌ⸗⸗¦nēən \ adjective

History and Etymology for Panathenaea

New Latin, from Greek panathēnaia, from pan- + Athēnaia, from Athēna, Athēnē, major Greek deity, goddess of war, fertility, arts, and wisdom

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“Panathenaea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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