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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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In 510 BC, at the highest pinnacle of their power (and at the highest point of the island), the Aeginetans built a temple to their goddess Aphaia.
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.
Cleomenes and Leotychidas, Kings of Sparta, took ten of the most esteemed Aeginetans as hostages, including the two most powerful men.
the Aeginetans]'), this line probably means that Euthymenes' Aeginetan victories are posterior to Pytheas' Nemean victory (cf.
Again, they were transported by sea, this time by the Aeginetans, but only because they were compelled, not because they were allies (ibid.
The Hellenic League was the result, an instrument that served Sparta's purposes well enough and enabled her to call on Athenians as well as Aeginetans (and possibly others of whom we happen not to be informed) to help quell the Messenian Revolt of the late 460s (Thuc.