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An ancient city of northeast Greece on the Chalcidice Peninsula. As head of the Chalcidian League after the late fifth century bc, it opposed the threats of Athens and Sparta but was captured briefly by Athens and subjugated by Sparta in 379. Philip of Macedon destroyed the city in 348.


(Placename) an ancient city in N Greece: the centre of Chalcidice


(oʊˈlɪn θəs)

an ancient city in NE Greece, on the Chalcidice Peninsula.
O•lyn′thi•an, adj., n.
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Using fourth-century BCE Olynthus and first-century CE Pompeii as contrasting cases, Mayer draws attention to the commercialization of the urban landscape as single-purpose houses gave way to streets lined with shops (tabernae), often integrated within the domestic context.
One of the first uses of artillery, by Alexander the Great's father, Philip of Macedon, at the Greek city of Olynthus in 349 BC, illustrates how old attitudes persisted amid new weapons.
Prof Spawforth said that Ephippus was no fan of the world-conqueror, whose father Philip had destroyed his home city of Olynthus in 348 BC.
She would make greater use of archaeological evidence, with good effect in the case of Olynthus, and in the case of Classical Athens she finds a correlation between the archaeological and textual evidence that points to the continuum between city and family practices.
In the Villa of Good Fortune in the Greek town of Olynthus an elaborate pebble floor pavement bears a frieze of sixteen maenads, Pan, and a satyr framing the central rectangular image of Dionysos in a panther chariot.
org) for Nicholas Cahill's independent study of the household assemblages of Olynthus promises another opportunity for examining domestic activities from the ancient world.
For example, Nick Cahill is using his research on Olynthus as part of his course materials, supplementing his scholarly book with online materials, and Christopher Blackwell and a group of collaborators are creating online resources and a public forum related to Athenian democracy.
The problem is that the speaker says that Peitholaus and Apollonides of Olynthus were stripped of Athenian citizenship, but says nothing of Lycophron.
Olynth I, 1992, depicts the eroded Hippodamian grid used to plan the Greek town of Olynthus in the 5th century B.