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also Mar·seilles  (mär-sā′)
A city of southeast France on the Gulf of Lion west-northwest of Toulon. The oldest city of France, it was founded c. 600 bc by Greeks from Asia Minor and overrun by Germanic tribes in the 5th and 6th centuries ad. Marseille became independent in the 1200s and passed to France in 1481. Today it is an industrial center and a major seaport.


(French marsɛj)
(Placename) a port in SE France, on the Gulf of Lions: second largest city in the country and a major port; founded in about 600 bc by Greeks from Phocaea; oil refining. Pop: 860 363 (2007). Ancient name: Massilia English name: Marseilles


(mɑːˈseɪl) or


(Textiles) a strong cotton fabric with a raised pattern, used for bedspreads, etc
[C18: from Marseille quilting, made in Marseille]
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Noun1.Marseille - a port city in southeastern France on the MediterraneanMarseille - a port city in southeastern France on the Mediterranean
France, French Republic - a republic in western Europe; the largest country wholly in Europe
2.marseille - strong cotton fabric with a raised pattern; used for bedspreads
cloth, fabric, textile, material - artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers; "the fabric in the curtains was light and semitransparent"; "woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC"; "she measured off enough material for a dress"
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Now, the admission of the people to any share in the government should either be (as I said before) regulated by a census, or else, as at Thebes, allowed to those who for a certain time have ceased from any mechanic employment, or as at Massalia, where they are chosen according to their worth, whether citizens or foreigners.
ON THE NIGHT of April 28-29, the asteroid 20 Massalia will hide a 10th-magnitude star in the Twins for observers in the southeastern United States.
England are staying at the luxury Golden Tulip Villa Massalia and the FA have major concerns.
Segun el texto conservado, Mytilene debia enviar legaciones a <<las mas importantes ciudades>> (33) para comunicar su decision y el texto del decreto debia ser publicado mediante la colocacion de las correspondientes placas inscritas (34) en el templo provincial de Asia en Pergamo (35), asi como en Actium, Brundisium, Tarraco, Massalia, Antioquia Epidafne (36), en la residencia del propio Augusto en Roma (37) y en el capitolio (38).
This island was described by a Greek traveller and geographer Pytheas of Massalia (320-285 B.
Habia tantos como cambistas libres, diferentes bancos estatales (de Cartago, Alejandria, Massalia, Pergamo) como bancos de senores punicos y algunas organizaciones detras de las cuales estaban asociaciones de comerciantes o terratenientes.
98, from B&Q Choose between this Sonia table lamp (left), with a silver base, pounds 90, from John Lewis, or this Colours by B&Q, Massalia ceramic lamp with silver coating, pounds 29.
30 Wolverhampton Pytheas of Massalia was a Greek geographer and explorer from the colony of Massalia, now the modern day Marseilles.
Pero incluso la excepcion segedense muestra unas dimensiones muy inferiores a las colonias griegas de occidente como Massalia con 50 Ha, Veleia y Cumas con 72 Ha, Neapolis con 80 Ha, Posidonia, Metaponto y Heraclea con mas de 100 Ha, Gela, Locri y Crotona con mas de 200 Ha, y Sibaris, Tarento y Agrigento con mas de 500 Ha (Almagro 1987: 30).
Cartledge has chosen eleven cities grouped in periods: Cnossos and Mycenae (prehistory); Argos, Miletus, Massalia and Sparta (early history to 500 BC); Athens, Syracuse and Thebes (500-330 BC); Alexandria (Hellenistic) and Byzantion.
The Greek astonomer, geographer and explorer Pytheas was the first to write about the Arctic in his now-lost work On the Ocean, after departing the Greek city of Massalia (modem-day Marseille) in around 320 BC in search of Thule--an island or land far away in the north, surrounded by a cold 'congealed sea' that 'can neither be traversed on foot or by boat'.