Isthmian Games


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Isthmian Games

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(Historical Terms) a Panhellenic festival celebrated every other year in ancient Corinth
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Isth′mian Games′


n.
one of the great national festivals of ancient Greece, held every two years on the Isthmus of Corinth.
[1595–1605]
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Noun1.Isthmian Games - the ancient Panhellenic games held biennially on the Isthmus of Corinth in the first and third years of each Olympiad
agon - a festivity in ancient Greece at which competitors contended for prizes
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Tourists flocked to Corinth bi-annually for the Isthmian Games, a festival of athletic competition more renowned than the Olympic Games to the west.
Writing to the Church in Corinth where the Isthmian Games were held, he spoke of the importance of training and preparing for the life of faith and being disciplined, mirroring the athletes as they strove to be the very best they could.
(6.) Pausanias mentions the truce observed by the Corinthians in order to hold the Isthmian Games. See Pausanias, Iliaka, Chapt, 2.1.
Elizabeth Gebhard, director of the excavations on the Isthmia, describes the rites of Melikertes-Palaimon at the site of the Isthmian games. There are also discussions of burial practices, cultic facilities east of the Roman theater, etc.
A long period of intense training was mandatory for anyone who planned to participate in the Isthmian games held every two years at Corinth.
It was highly regarded by the ancient Greeks, and it was used to crown winners at the Isthmian Games. They also used it medicinally and Homer records that warriors fed it to their horses.
44 In the ancient Greek Isthmian Games, what plant now associated with salads garlanded the brows of early winners?
He assigns the biennial Isthmian Games to an odd-numbered year, while noting that they began in 582 BC (160).