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n. pl. am·phic·ty·o·nies
A league of neighboring ancient Greek states sharing a common religious center or shrine, especially the one at Delphi.

[Greek Amphiktuonia, from amphiktuones, variant of amphiktiones, neighbors : amphi-, on the periphery; see amphi- + ktizein, to settle; see tkei- in Indo-European roots.]

am·phic′ty·on′ic (-ŏn′ĭk) adj.


n, pl -nies
(Historical Terms) (in ancient Greece) a religious association of states for the maintenance of temples and the cults connected with them
amphictyonic adj


(æmˈfɪk ti ə ni)

n., pl. -nies.
(in ancient Greece) any of the leagues of states, esp. the league at Delphi, united for mutual protection and the worship of a common deity.
[1825–35; < Greek Amphiktyonía=amphiktýon(es), orig. amphiktíones neighbors]
am•phic`ty•on′ic (-ˈɒn ɪk) adj.
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Noun1.amphictyony - an association of neighboring states or tribes in ancient Greece; established originally to defend a common religious center
political entity, political unit - a unit with political responsibilities
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During the event, three Greek EGTCs presented their work; they were represented by Vassilis Xenos Gavrielis, Director EGTC AMPHICTYONY, Giorgos Pappous, Director EGTC EFXINI POLI, and Giannis Anastasiadis, Director EGTC HELICAS.
Historia de un episodio de la diplomacia mexicana en pro de la anfictionia" (The family pact, History of an episode in Mexican diplomacy in support of the Amphictyony), Historical Archive of Mexico's Diplomacy, Mexico, Ministry of Foreign Relations (SRE), 1962.
Key words: Demosthenes, peace, fourth century, Athens, amphictyony, Philip.