previous next

ἀγών ἄγομαι

I.a number of people brought together, a gathering, assembly, like ἀγορά, ἵζανεν εὐρὺν ἀγῶνα, λῦτο δ᾽ ἀγών, ἐν ἀγῶνι νεῶν Hom.: esp. an assembly met to see games, id=Hom., etc.
2.a place of contest, the arena, id=Hom., etc.; βήτην ἐς μέσσον ἀγῶνα Il. assembly of the Greeks at their great national games, ἐν Ὀλυμπίῃ ἀγών Hdt.; Ὀλυμπικὸς ἀγών Ar.
2.the contest for a prize at the games, ἀγὼν ἱππικός, γυμνικός Hdt., etc.; ἀγὼν τῶν ἀνδρῶν, in which the chorus was composed of men, opp. to τῶν παίδων, Dem., etc.:— hence, ἀγῶνα ἄγειν, καθιστάναι, τιθέναι, προτιθέναι, ποιεῖν, to hold or propose a contest; ἀγῶν or ἐν ἀγῶνι νικᾶν, to win one or at one.
III.generally, any struggle, trial, or danger, πολλοὺς ἀγῶνας ἐξιών, of Hercules, Soph.; ἀγὼν προκέαται, c. inf., it is hard or dangerous to do a thing, Hdt.:— also, ἀγὼν περὶ τῆς ψυχῆς, περὶ μεγίστων a struggle for life and death, for one's highest interests, Eur.
2.a battle, action, Thuc. action at law, trial, Plat., etc.
4.metaph., οὐ λόγων ἔθ᾽ ἁγών now is not the time for speaking, etc., Eur.; οὐχ ἕδρας ἀγ. 'tis no time for sitting still, id=Eur.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide Dictionary Entry Lookup
Use this tool to search for dictionary entries in all lexica.
Search for in
How to enter text in Greek:
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: