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Academy
a learned establishment for the advancement of knowledge
Arcadian
Used of idealized country life
Croesus
A very wealthy man
Cynic
Someone who is critical of the motives of others; a member of a group of ancient Greek philosophers who advocated the doctrine that virtue is the only good and that the essence of virtue is self-control
Draconian
Of or relating to Draco or his harsh code of laws
Epicure
A person devoted to refined sensuous enjoyment (especially good food and drink)
Gordian
Extremely intricate; usually in phrase 'Gordian knot'
Helot
A person who is bound to the land and owend by the feudal lord
Laconic
Brief and to the point
Mausoleum
A large burial chamber, usually above ground
Meander
A bend or curve, as in a stream or river; to move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular course
Ostracism
The act of excluding someone from society by general consent
Philippic
A speech of violent denunciation
Pyrrhic
Of or relating to Pyrrhus or his exploits; of or relating to or containing a metrical foot of two unstressed syllables; of or relating to a war dance of ancient Greece
Solecism
A socially awkward or tackless act
Sophistry
A deliberately invalid argument displaying ingenuity in reasoning in the hope of deceiving someone
Spartan
Resolute in the face of pain or danger or adversity; practicing great self-denial; unsparing and uncompromising in discipline or judgment
Stoic
Seeming unaffected by pleasure or pain; impassive; a member of the ancient Greek school of philosophy founded by Zeno
Damocles
The Greek courtier to Dionysius the Elder who was condemned to sit under a naked sword that was suspended by a hair in order to demonstrate to him that being a king was not the happy state Damocles had said it was
Sybarite
A person addicted to luxury and pleasures of the senses