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Laconia

Syllabification: La·co·ni·a
Pronunciation: /ləˈkōnyə
 
/
(also Lakonia)

Definition of Laconia in English:

A modern department and an ancient region of Greece, in the southeastern Peloponnese. Throughout the classical period the region was dominated by its capital, Sparta.

Derivatives

Laconian

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adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • Aristocrats living in democratic cities sometimes aped superficial aspects of Spartan culture - long hair, distinctive ‘Laconian’ shoes and staffs, and ‘Laconic’ speech mannerisms.
  • Some believed him a Laconian, while a number of ancient authors made him a Lydian from Asia Minor.
  • In a Laconian version of the Daphne myth, Leucippus a son of king Oenomaus, falls in love with Daphne, and, in order to be close to her, disguises himself as a girl in order to join her all-female retinue.

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