Panathenaea

plural noun

Pan·​ath·​e·​naea
ˌpaˌnathəˈnēə
: 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
Panathenaean
¦⸗ˌ⸗⸗¦nēən
adjective

Word History

Etymology

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Panathenaea. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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