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A historical region of central Greece north of the Gulf of Corinth. In early times (before 590 bc) it controlled the oracle at Delphi. The region was ultimately conquered by Philip II of Macedon.
(Placename) an ancient district of central Greece, on the Gulf of Corinth: site of the Delphic oracle
Pho•cis (ˈfoʊ sɪs)
an ancient district in central Greece, N of the Gulf of Corinth: site of Delphic oracle.
References in classic literature
having ploughed up some consecrated ground belonging to the temple of Apollo, the Amphictyonic council, according to the superstition of the age, imposed a fine on the sacrilegious offenders.
With him went the horse-driving Boeotians, breathing above their shields, and the Locrians who fight hand to hand, and the gallant Phocians
eager for war and battle.
Harmocydes similarly urges the Phocians
to battle not with the rhetoric of freedom but with a steely admonition to courage at the edge of the abyss: