from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • The Greek name for Greece.

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  • proper n. The Greek name for Greece, Ελλάς.


From Ancient Greek Ἑλλάς (Hellas "Greece"). (Wiktionary)


  • Mr. Colao told reporters on a conference call the company is talking to its Greek rival Wind Hellas, which is owned by Largo Ltd., about possible network sharing in the country after the parties abandoned merger talks earlier this week.

    Vodafone Mulls Euro Break-Up Plans

  • The country which is now called Hellas was not regularly settled in ancient times. 2 The people were migratory, and readily left their homes whenever they were overpowered by numbers.

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

  • If you and we are at one, you may be certain that the rest of Hellas, which is less powerful than we, will pay to both of us the greatest deference. '

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

  • As for the Athenians, in the time when the Pelasgians occupied that which is now called Hellas, they were Pelasgians, being named Cranaoi, and in the time of king Kecrops they came to be called Kecropidai; then when Erechtheus had succeeded to his power, they had their name changed to Athenians; and after Ion the son of Xuthos became commander1262 of the Athenians, they got the name from him of Ionians.

    The History of Herodotus

  • For instance, it is evident that the country now called Hellas had in ancient times no settled population; on the contrary, migrations were of frequent occurrence, the several tribes readily abandoning their homes under the pressure of superior numbers.


  • In the course of time the Hellenes, a more powerful Aryan race, overpowered them, and after that their country was called Hellas, and its people Hellenes, until a much later period, when they were known as Greeks.

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  • As for the Athenians, in the time when the Pelasgians occupied that which is now called Hellas, they were

    The history of Herodotus — Volume 2

  • Hellas, I suppose that in the country now called Hellas, which was formerly called Pelasgia, this woman was sold into the land of the

    An Account of Egypt

  • When these poems were written, Greece was not known as Hellas, but as Achaia, -- the whole country taking its name from the Achaians, the dominant race in Peloponnesos.

    Myths and Myth-makers: Old Tales and Superstitions Interpreted by Comparative Mythology

  • In the southern part of Thessaly was Pharsalia, the battle-ground between Cæsar and Pompey, and near it was Pyrrha, formerly called Hellas, where was the tomb of Hellen, son of Deucalion, whose descendants, Æolus,

    Ancient States and Empires


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