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a covered passage beneath a kurgan (burial mound) leading to a burial chamber; a passageway to a crypt cut into the subsoil or bedrock. A dromos may be horizontal or inclined and sometimes resembles a staircase. The oldest dromi have been found in Aegean and Etruscan sepulchers; several dating from the fourth century B.C. to the third and fourth centuries A.D. are scattered throughout the Northern Black Sea Shore of southern Russia.

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The long, deep entrance passageway to an ancient Egyptian tomb or a Mycenaean beehive tomb.
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Dr Lange described the find in Dromos Square on the mission's blog as "unexpected".
In ancient times the Games were formed only by a one whole staduim's length running race (192,27m), called dromos or stadion, and religious ceremonies.
Son temple, relie a celui de Karnak par un dromos, longue allee bordee de sphinx, fut erige au XIVe siecle av.
In a scene from Silyonios, as Kichesias learns that his long-lost daughter is alive, he asks Dromos to be explicit about his daughter's "safe" (parthenos, 372-3) status, reminding the audience of the sheer improbability that a girl raised in slavery would escape some form of sexual violation.
Tambien el Socrates de Platon visita palestra y dromos para dirigir desde alli la mas radical ofensiva (elenchos) contra la institucion que ensena la higiene corporal.
"To Parasyntagma toy Mnimoniou kai o Allos Dromos" available at: http://contraxreos.gr/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=85: toparasyntagma-tou-mnimoniou&catid=1:articles-greek&Itemid=2 (accessed 6 August 2011).
Meanwhile in Memphis, as Schmidt-Colinet (1996) suggests, Alexander's tomb was associated with the complex at Saqqara featuring a lengthy dromos leading eastwards to a temple of Nectanebo II, who was the last of the Pharaohs, and, in the revisionist version of The Alexander Romance, was also Alexander's biological father.