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n. pl.1.(Grecian Hist.) Deputies from the confederated states of ancient Greece to a congress or council. They considered both political and religious matters.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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In one, he listed the "Vices of the Political Systems of the United States." (32) In the other, he wrote out a list of notes "On Ancient And Modern Confederacies," beginning with three Greek confederacies: the Lycian Confederacy (200 BC to 43 BC), the Amphictyonic League (which began at an unknown time--Madison believed about 1500 BC--and ended some time in the 2nd century AD), and the Achean Confederacy (280 BC-146 BC).
(15) It is Pausanias, in the 2nd century, who relates information about the history of the Amphictyonic League from the earliest times until his own day.
The earliest documentation of poisoned drinking water referenced is from Greece in 590 BC, when hellebore was used to poison the water source of the city Kirrha by the Amphictyonic League, causing the inhabitants to become "violently sick to their stomachs and all lay unable to move.