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1. An idiom or custom peculiar to the Greeks.
2. The civilization and culture of ancient Greece.
3. Admiration for and adoption of Greek ideas, style, or culture.


1. (Historical Terms) the principles, ideals, and pursuits associated with classical Greek civilization
2. (Peoples) the spirit or national character of the Greeks
3. (Historical Terms) the spirit or national character of the Greeks
4. (Historical Terms) conformity to, imitation of, or devotion to the culture of ancient Greece
5. (Historical Terms) the cosmopolitan civilization of the Hellenistic world


(ˈhɛl əˌnɪz əm)

1. ancient Greek culture or ideals.
2. the imitation or adoption of ancient Greek language, thought, customs, art, etc.
3. the characteristics of Greek culture, esp. after the time of Alexander the Great; civilization of the Hellenistic period.
[1600–10; < Greek]


1. the culture and ideals of the ancient Greeks.
2. the use of a Greek idiom in writing in another language.
3. the adoption or imitation of ancient Greek language, thought, art, or customs. — Hellenist, n.
See also: Greece and Greeks
Ancient Greek culture and ideals. — Hellenist, n.
See also: Antiquity
the forms and ideals of ancient Greek art. See also antiquity.
See also: Art
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Hellenism - the principles and ideals associated with classical Greek civilization
principle - a rule or standard especially of good behavior; "a man of principle"; "he will not violate his principles"
hellenismikreikkalainen uskontokreikkalaisuus
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While in the archive with Akerblad, Courier also noticed a large number of manuscripts from what he took to be the ninth or tenth century which would "fill all the Hellenists of the world with an ecstasy of delight.
According to Sasson, the Tannaim lived at a time when Hellenism was prevalent, and they did not want to provide additional ammunition to the Hellenists who were very critical of Judaism.
Chapter 5 discusses the Jerusalem community, especially the distinction between the Hebrews and the Hellenists, with particular emphasis on their understanding of the mission to the Gentiles.
This essay received very little attention, even among Hellenists and Romanists (WHITE, 1973).
24) In another treaty, Justinian allowed Hellenists to return from Persia and practice their religion in peace.
Nonnus had languished in obscurity for far too long, with both classical Hellenists and Byzantinists regarding him as not one of "their own", as the editor well puts it in the Preface.
The Earth was widely regarded as flat until the 3rd century BCE, when the Hellenists proposed that the Earth was a sphere based on astronomical calculations.
The author of the first work, Francesco Filelfo (1398-1481), is one of the more interesting scholars of the Italian Renaissance, remembered today as one of the finest Hellenists of his day whose prickly personality led to a long-running feud with Poggio Bracciolini and an attack by a Medici partisan that left his face slashed.
Articles cover ancient philosophy in relation to the analytic tradition, and figures from the Presocratics to the Hellenists, to the late Aristotelian and Platonic commentators and Neoplatonists.
These phenomena have already been the subject of studies by Hellenists influenced by the later twentieth-century theories outlined above (e.
It could also be said that the Hellenists were predominantly right in principle and the Christians in fact, at least in a particular sense that can be discerned without difficulty.
Within ancient Near Eastern art, the Neo-Assyrian relief sculptures suggest themselves as a promising corpus to study with the method that has proved so fruitful for the Hellenists.