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ancient Sparta
used in The Iliad by Homer - (translated by: Pope)

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an ancient Greek city famous for military prowess; the dominant city of the Peloponnesus prior to the 4th century BC
  • His brother follows, and to vengeance warms The hardy Spartans, exercised in arms: Phares and Brysia's valiant troops, and those Whom Lacedaemon's lofty hills inclose; Or Messe's towers for silver doves renown'd, Amyclae, Laas, Augia's happy ground, And those whom OEtylos' low walls contain, And Helos, on the margin of the main: These, o'er the bending ocean, Helen's cause, In sixty ships with Menelaus draws: Eager and loud from man to man he flies, Revenge and fury flaming in his...
    Book 2 (67% in)

There are no more uses of "ancient Sparta" flagged with this meaning in The Iliad by Homer - (translated by: Pope).

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  • _ They perished in combat with Lynceus and Idas, whilst besieging Sparta.
    Footnotes (42% in)
  • Paris alone and Sparta's king advance, In single fight to toss the beamy lance; Each met in arms, the fate of combat tries, Thy love the motive, and thy charms the prize."
    Book 3 (33% in)
  • Paris, thy son, and Sparta's king advance, In measured lists to toss the weighty lance; And who his rival shall in arms subdue, His be the dame, and his the treasure too.
    Book 3 (57% in)
  • The boaster Paris oft desired the day With Sparta's king to meet in single fray: Go now, once more thy rival's rage excite, Provoke Atrides, and renew the fight: Yet Helen bids thee stay, lest thou unskill'd Shouldst fall an easy conquest on the field."
    Book 3 (93% in)
  • Not thus I loved thee, when from Sparta's shore My forced, my willing heavenly prize I bore, When first entranced in Cranae's isle I lay,(124) Mix'd with thy soul, and all dissolved away!"
    Book 3 (95% in)
  • 'tis heaven the counsel of my breast inspires, And I but move what every god requires: Let Sparta's treasures be this hour restored, And Argive Helen own her ancient lord.
    Book 7 (74% in)
  • Too long amused with a pursuit so vain, Turn, and behold the brave Euphorbus slain; By Sparta slain! for ever now suppress'd The fire which burn'd in that undaunted breast!"
    Book 17 (12% in)
  • Assuming Phoenix' shape on earth she falls, And in his well-known voice to Sparta calls: "And lies Achilles' friend, beloved by all, A prey to dogs beneath the Trojan wall?
    Book 17 (74% in)

There are no more uses of "ancient Sparta" in The Iliad by Homer - (translated by: Pope).

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