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

  • A city-state of ancient Greece in the southeast Peloponnesus. Settled by Dorian Greeks, it was noted for its militarism and reached the height of its power in the sixth century B.C. A protracted rivalry with Athens led to the Peloponnesian Wars (460-404) and Sparta's hegemony over all of Greece. Its ascendancy was broken by Thebans in 371.

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  • proper n. An ancient city-state in southern Greece, noted for its strict military training.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an ancient Greek city famous for military prowess; the dominant city of the Peloponnesus prior to the 4th century BC


From Doric Ancient Greek Σπάρτα (Spártā) (Attic Σπάρτη (Spártē)). (Wiktionary)



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