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Dorian

Syllabification: Do·ri·an
Pronunciation: /ˈdôrēən
 
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Definition of Dorian in English:

noun

A member of a Hellenic people speaking the Doric dialect of Greek, thought to have entered Greece from the north circa 1100 bc. They settled in Peloponnesus and later colonized Sicily and southern Italy.
Example sentences
  • Herodotus speaks of Ionians, Dorians, Herakleeidai, and Akhaians among the Greeks, that is, with aggregative self-definitions.
  • When Herodotus writes about Ionians, Dorians, Herakleeidai, Akhaians he also mentions myths of origins in relation to genealogies of the eponymous ancestors Helen, Doros, Aiolos, Ion, and Akhaios.
  • But, around 1100 BCE, the Mycenaeans were invaded by barbarians called Dorians and all their advances disappeared.

adjective

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Of or relating to the Dorian people or to Doris in central Greece.
Example sentences
  • But Pindar and others also assign the foundation of the games to Herakles, as noted above, an attempt, some have suggested, to assert a clearly Dorian claim to the foundation of the games, since Herakles is a Dorian hero.

Origin

via Latin from Greek Dōrios 'of Doris' + -ian.

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