（μητρόπολις). The mother State. A name given to a city or
State in relation to its colonies. Thus, Athens was the metropolis of the Ionians,
Meropé of the Aethiopians, Corinth of the Corcyraeans, etc. See Colonia.
Harry Thurston Peck. Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities. New York. Harper and Brothers. 1898.
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