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Pnyx

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pnyx (Gr. Antiq) The place at Athens where the meetings of the people were held for making decrees, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pnyx A public place of assembly in ancient Athens, where the people met for the discussion of political affairs of the state; also, a popular assembly convened in this place.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pnyx niks in ancient Athens, the public place of meeting for deliberation on political affairs: the assembly.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.,—pyknos, crowded.

Usage

In literature:

I was on the Pnyx; had been rambling about there the whole afternoon.
"New Grub Street" by George Gissing
Thus left unmolested, the Athenians convened an assembly in the Pnyx.
"A Smaller History of Greece" by William Smith
TRYGAEUS 'Tis Hyperbolus, who now holds empire on the Pnyx.
"Peace" by Aristophanes
Not far from the Areopagus is the Pnyx, where the free people of Athens met in council.
"A Woman's Journey Round the World" by Ida Pfeiffer
Will you dine with me at the Pnyx at seven to-night?
"Fenton's Quest" by M. E. Braddon
Mrs. Peterkin said that if she had known of a Pnyx, she should surely have looked for the family there.
"The Last of the Peterkins" by Lucretia P. Hale
The assemblies of the people took place on the Pnyx, a hill that overlooked the city, and from which could be seen the distant sea.
"Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
The Pnyx was dedicated to Jupiter on high.
"Christianity and Greek Philosophy" by Benjamin Franklin Cocker
ATHENS, WITH THE GENOESE TOWER, PNYX IN THE FOREGROUND.
"Frederic Lord Leighton" by Ernest Rhys
The Hill of Pnyx rose on our right, and the Areopagus, where St. Paul preached, on our left.
"Celebrated Women Travellers of the Nineteenth Century" by W. H. Davenport Adams
The Agora of Athens is situated in a valley partially enclosed by the Acropolis, Areopagus, Pnyx, and Museum.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 1" by Various
That in the Pnyx, where the Ecclesia often met, was a stone platform from 10 to 11 ft. in height.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 5" by Various
This square was the pnyx or forum of the Beltonians.
"Mark Gildersleeve" by John S. Sauzade
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