One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Relating to the ancient city of Argos.
- ‘Perhaps the most famous statue of the classical period is the Doryphoros by the Argive sculptor Polyclitus, which he also referred to as the Canon.’
- ‘But the author also lets us know that his heroine is committed to ideals of ‘tenderness and justice ‘that transcend national frontiers at a time when the Argive state is under threat.’’
- ‘The Argive king Tantalus began a pattern of destruction for Argos after he offended the gods by feeding them his son Pelops at a banquet.’
- ‘The great Argive goddess was Hera, worshipped at the Heraeum some 10 km (6 miles) north of Argos.’
- 1.1 (especially in Homer) Greek.
1A citizen of Argos.
- ‘Here, perhaps some 24,000 Boeotians, Corinthians, Argives, Euboeans, and Athenians faced between 18,000 and 19,000 Spartans and their allies, in possibly the greatest hoplite battle ever fought.’
- ‘The Argives saw Hera as ‘cow-eyed,’ which culturally indicated her close association with the moon and making rain.’
- ‘The Athenian alliance with the Argives, the Boeotians and the Corinthians against Sparta in the Corinthian War is portrayed as a gesture of compassion for the weak.’
- ‘Now that Spartan backing was no longer a guarantee of political ascendancy, one Euphron, who had previously exploited Spartan favour, persuaded the Argives and Arcadians to help him install democracy.’
- 1.1 (especially in Homer) a Greek person.
From Latin Argivus, from Greek Argeios ‘relating to Argos’.
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