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An ancient city of east-central Greece. It was the capital of Megaris, a small Dorian state between the Saronic Gulf and the Gulf of Corinth. Megara flourished as a maritime center from the eighth to the fifth century bc.


(Placename) a town in E central Greece: an ancient trading city, founding many colonies in the 7th and 8th centuries bc. Pop: (municipality): 27 252 (2001)


(ˈmɛg ər ə)

a city in ancient Greece: the chief city of Megaris.
Me•gar•i•an, Me•gar•e•an (məˈgær i ən) Me•gar′ic, adj.
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He is a soldier, and, like Adeimantus, has been distinguished at the battle of Megara.
That your friends will be driven into exile and deprived of citizenship, or will lose their property, is tolerably certain; and you yourself, if you fly to one of the neighbouring cities, as, for example, Thebes or Megara, both of which are well governed, will come to them as an enemy, Socrates, and their government will be against you, and all patriotic citizens will cast an evil eye upon you as a subverter of the laws, and you will confirm in the minds of the judges the justice of their own condemnation of you.
"Then I saw Alcmena, the wife of Amphitryon, who also bore to Jove indomitable Hercules; and Megara who was daughter to great King Creon, and married the redoubtable son of Amphitryon.
55-62) And from Salamis Aias, blameless warrior, sought her to wife, and offered fitting gifts, even wonderful deeds; for he said that he would drive together and give the shambling oxen and strong sheep of all those who lived in Troezen and Epidaurus near the sea, and in the island of Aegina and in Mases, sons of the Achaeans, and shadowy Megara and frowning Corinthus, and Hermione and Asine which lie along the sea; for he was famous with the long spear.
The Revithoussa LNG Terminal is the only LNG terminal in Greece and is located in the Gulf of Megara, west of Athens.
The Revithoussa LNG Terminal is the only such facility in Greece and is located in the Gulf of Megara, west of Athens.
Ex-dancer Mandy Rose Jones, who runs the Empowered Woman Project, said she has been "pushed out" of the #AskThe700 campaign by dungeon mistress Megara Furie.
Megara Furie - a former dancer and now a dominatrix - said: "One consequence is that increased incidences of propositioning have been noted and some dancers have been approached inside clubs and online by escorting agencies looking to capitalise on the risk of their jobs being taken away.
Chief Executive Ben Megara said the higher prices and favourable rand to US dollar exchange rate have helped liquidity and a return to profit.
(TAP) -- Tunisian athlete Atef Saad (AS militaire Tunis) won on Sunday the half-marathon of the Foulees du Megara (Megara's strides), organised by the Megara Association for Youth and La Marsa municipality, in collaboration with the Tunisian Athletics Federation.
Le MEGARA CHALLENGE a pris une envergure internationale; 60 municipalites tunisiennes ont confirmees leur participation ajoutees a celles representants les pays participants a savoir; la France, l'Allemagne, la Belgique, la Roumanie, la Chine, la Coree du Sud, l'Algerie, le Maroc, la Libye, l'Egypte, le Liban, la Palestine, la Cote d'Ivoire, l'Afrique du Sud, le Nigeria, le Soudan, le Senegal, le Cameroun, le Ghana, le Benin, le Kenya, le Mali, le Burkina Faso, la Palestine, la Jordanie.
Stavros Fotiou, vice mayor of the town of Megara, stated that "the fire rages unabated", adding that "we urge residents to head towards Corinth to protect themselves and their children".