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Amphictyonic Council

A council of confederate Greeks from twelve of their tribes, each of which had two deputies. The council met twice a year—in the spring at Delphi, and in the autumn at Thermopylæ. According to fable, it was so called from Amphictyon, son of Deucalion, its supposed founder. (Greek, amphictionĕs, dwellers round about.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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