(The). One of the four great national festivals of Greece, celebrated at nemea, in Argolis, every alternate year, the first and third of each Olympiad. The victor's reward was at first a crown of olive-leaves, but subsequently a garland of ivy. Pindar has eleven odes in honour of victors at these games.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894