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ἆθλον contr. from epic and ionic ἄεθλον

I.the prize of contest, Hom., etc.; ἄεθλα κεῖται or πρόκειται prizes are proposed, Hdt.; ἆθλα προφαίνειν, προτιθέναι, τιθέναι to propose prizes, Xen.; ἆθλα λαμβάνειν or φέρεσθαι to win prizes, Plat.; ἆθλα πολέμου, τῆς ἀρετῆς Dem.
II.= ἆθλος, a contest, Od.:—metaph. a conflict, struggle, Aesch., Soph.

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