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An ancient city of east-central Greece. It was the capital of Megaris, a small Dorian state between the Saronic Gulf and the Gulf of Corinth. Megara flourished as a maritime center from the eighth to the fifth century bc.


(Placename) a town in E central Greece: an ancient trading city, founding many colonies in the 7th and 8th centuries bc. Pop: (municipality): 27 252 (2001)


(ˈmɛg ər ə)

a city in ancient Greece: the chief city of Megaris.
Me•gar•i•an, Me•gar•e•an (məˈgær i ən) Me•gar′ic, adj.
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He is a soldier, and, like Adeimantus, has been distinguished at the battle of Megara.
That your friends will be driven into exile and deprived of citizenship, or will lose their property, is tolerably certain; and you yourself, if you fly to one of the neighbouring cities, as, for example, Thebes or Megara, both of which are well governed, will come to them as an enemy, Socrates, and their government will be against you, and all patriotic citizens will cast an evil eye upon you as a subverter of the laws, and you will confirm in the minds of the judges the justice of their own condemnation of you.
Then I saw Alcmena, the wife of Amphitryon, who also bore to Jove indomitable Hercules; and Megara who was daughter to great King Creon, and married the redoubtable son of Amphitryon.
55-62) And from Salamis Aias, blameless warrior, sought her to wife, and offered fitting gifts, even wonderful deeds; for he said that he would drive together and give the shambling oxen and strong sheep of all those who lived in Troezen and Epidaurus near the sea, and in the island of Aegina and in Mases, sons of the Achaeans, and shadowy Megara and frowning Corinthus, and Hermione and Asine which lie along the sea; for he was famous with the long spear.
There are canny cultural adaptations at work, too, like the popular Mexican love gif that takes a clip of Hercules (as depicted by Disney) presenting a white flower to his love interest, Megara, and replaces it with a cob of Mexican street corn.
The industrial towns of Mandra, Nea Peramos and Megara, west of the capital Athens, were the most affected.
Mandra, Nea Peramos and Megara were the (http://www.
It was not the established power responding to an emerging challenger that undid the Thirty Years' Peace, but Pericles' decision to starve out Sparta's ally Megara, 33 kilometers west of Athens.
All of this combined with the slow demographic increase in the traditional agricultural areas of Attica (Messoghia, Thriassio, Megara, Marathon, Lavreotiki) contributed to the creation of several urban clusters around greater Athens (Chorianopoulos et al.
Glaswegian Megara Furie was the first person course co-ordinator Avril Hendry thought about when planning the Napier syllabus.
Sixty-eight papers describe the instrument construction and scientific goals of the MEGARA spectrograph in Spain, GALAH, the Gaia-ESO survey, the Apache Point Observatory Galaxy Evolution Experiment, the WEAVE facility, the MOONS spectrograph, and the OSIRIS spectrograph.
One of the strongest theories is that they were supporters of Cylon, an Athenian noble and Olympic champion who staged an attempted coup in Athens in 632 BC with the help of his father-in-law, the tyrant of Megara.