Pythian Games


Pythian Games
one of the great national festivals of ancient Greece, held every four years at Delphi in honor of Apollo.
[1595-1605]

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In ancient Greece, various athletic and musical competitions held in honour of Apollo, chiefly those at Delphi.

The games were held from before the 5th century BC to the 4th century AD. They took place in August of the third year of each Olympiad (the four-year period between Olympic Games). Events were similar to those of the ancient Olympics.

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▪ Greek games
      in ancient Greece, various athletic and musical competitions held in honour of Apollo, chiefly those at Delphi. The musicians' contest there dated from very early times. In 582 BC it was made quadrennial, and athletic events including foot and chariot races were added in emulation of the Olympic Games. Open to all Greeks, the contests were held either at the Delphic shrine on Mount Parnassus or on the Crisaean plain below. The victor was awarded a laurel wreath. The games took place in August of the third year of each Olympiad (the four-year period between Olympic Games). The interval between them was known as a Pythiad. They continued to be held until the 4th century AD.

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