Molossian


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Molossian

(məˈlɒsɪən) ,

Molossian dog

or

Molossian hound

n
(Breeds) a breed of dog native to Epirus in NW Greece, used in classical antiquity as a hunting dog and guard dog
[from Molossia, a district of Epirus]
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Conversely Olympias was a Molossian, where redheads were reputedly common," Chugg said.
like a Molossian or tawny Spartan hound, the steadfast friend of shepherds, I shall drive off and pursue any wild animal through the deep snow with raised ears .
Horace, armed with the qualities of both Molossian and Spartan hounds is visualised to pursue wild animals--unlike his counterpart the cowardly cur which is only brave in the absence of the wolves.
He is reported to have treated the city of Ilium kindly for the sake of Homer and of Andromache, who had belonged to the Molossian dynasty of his mother Olympias.
The republic also has its own time zone: according to the country's official website, Molossian Standard Time "is 39 minutes ahead of Pacific Standard Time, or if you prefer, 21 minutes behind Mountain Standard Time.
When therefore they had exposed the object which they thought they had thrown their missiles at, they found that he had disappeared and instead of him there was a hound who resembled in form and look a Molossian dog, but was in size the equal of the largest lion; there he lay before their eyes, pounded to a pulp by their stones and vomiting foam as mad dogs do.
few remember that Alexander the Molossian, king of Epirus, was overcome by the Lucanians and Samnites.