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Elis

(ē`lĭs), region of ancient Greece, in W Peloponnesus, W of Arcadia. It was divided into three parts—Elis proper, Pisatis, and Triphylia. A plain watered by the Alpheus and the Peneus rivers, Elis was notable as a place for breeding horses and growing flax. The Olympic games were held at OlympiaOlympia,
ancient city, important center of the worship of Zeus in ancient Greece, in Elis near the Alpheus (now Alfiós) R. It was the scene of the Olympic games. The great temple of Zeus was especially celebrated for its gold and ivory statue of Zeus by Phidias—one
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. Other important cities were Pisa and Elis. The Elians were early allied with the Spartans but fell out with them in 420 B.C. As a result, Elis lost (399 B.C.) Triphylia. Elis declined after the Olympic games were suppressed in the 4th cent. A.D.

Elis

 

an ancient region in the northwestern part of the Peloponnesus, in Greece. Elis abounded in pastures and fertile valleys. The main city of the region, also called Elis, arose in the early fifth century B.C. A Greek sanctuary was located in the region at the city of Olympia, where the Olympic Games were held. In contemporary Greece, Elis is a nome whose capital is the city of Pirgos.

Elis

an ancient city-state of SW Greece, in the NW Peloponnese: site of the ancient Olympic games