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An island off southeast Greece in the Saronic Gulf of the Aegean Sea near Athens. It was a prosperous maritime city-state in the fifth century bc but declined after its defeat by Athens and the expulsion of its population. The first Greek coins were struck here.


1. (Placename) an island in the Aegean Sea, in the Saronic Gulf. Area: 85 sq km (33 sq miles)
2. (Placename) a town on the coast of this island: a city-state of ancient Greece
3. (Placename) Gulf of Aegina another name for Saronic Gulf
Greek name: Aiyina


(iˈdʒaɪ nə, ɪˈdʒi-)

1. an island in the Saronic Gulf. 32 sq. mi. (83 sq. km).
2. a seaport on this island. 6333. Modern Greek, Aíyina.
Ae•gi•ne•tan (ˌi dʒəˈnit n) adj.
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Noun1.Aegina - an island in the Aegean Sea in the Saronic GulfAegina - an island in the Aegean Sea in the Saronic Gulf
Ellas, Greece, Hellenic Republic - a republic in southeastern Europe on the southern part of the Balkan peninsula; known for grapes and olives and olive oil
2.Aegina - small medusa
jellyfish - any of numerous usually marine and free-swimming coelenterates that constitute the sexually reproductive forms of hydrozoans and scyphozoans
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Maran, 'Emulation of Aeginetan Pottery in the Middle Bronze Age of Coastal Thessaly: Regional Context and Social Meaning', in Middle Helladic Pottery and Synchronisms, ed.
Focusing here on choral song, classicists, philologists, and other scholars discuss such topics as Alcman's first Partheneion and the song the Sirens sang, the parrhesia of young female choruses in ancient Greece, a second look at the poetics of re-enactment in Ode 13 of Bacchylides, Pindar and the Aeginetan patrai, and choral self-awareness in the introductory anapaests of Aeschylus; Supplices.
Jebb (1905: 212-216) proposed to date ode 13 at the year 481 BC, thus refuting the arguments of Blass (1898: 283-307), who considered that the hostilities between Aegina and Athens, which ended only in 481 BC, would not have allowed an Aeginetan to send his son to be trained by an Athenian, or even the poet to consider praising him in his ode.
They were created - by an Aeginetan master - just at the point that Greek sculpture was close to achieving the plasticity and monumental realism we admire so much in the Elgin Marbles.
After describing the shape of the island--roughly triangular, and among triangles roughly equilateral--its historian Stamatis says (in Greek), "Maybe this form was to be symbolized by the 'triskelida' figure on the ancient Aeginetan coins.
It is difficult to believe that someone of Melesias' prominence and high station would have undertaken to train so many young Aeginetan wrestlers purely out of a profit motive.
Three Aeginetan Odes of Pindar: A Commentary on Nemean V, Nemean III, and Pythian VIII.
Herodotus, too, tells us that after Plataea the Spartan king Pausanias was tempted by an Aeginetan to mutilate the corpse of Mardonius, but found the strength to refuse with noble words of indignation (Herodotus 9.
Victoria Berenices (254-68 SH) became the first episode in the third book of the Aetia (Parsons, ZPE 25 [1977] 1-50), a position that emphasizes the aetiology of the Nemean Games as opposed to the queen's success with the chariot, whereas the epinician for an unknown Aeginetan named Polycles in a local race called the Amphorites (frr.
87-88) that after the Aeginetan defeat the solitary survivor was surrounded by the widows of his colleagues and stabbed to death with their brooch pins, while in 480 when a member of the exiled council of Salamis suggested acceptance of Persian terms he was stoned and Athenian women went to his home and killed his wife and children in the same way (9.