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Originally appearing in Volume V07, Page 958 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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DELIA, a festival oi Apollo held every five years at the great panegyris in Delos (Homeric Hymn to Apollo, 147). It included athletic and musical contests, at which the prize was a branch of the sacred palm. This festival was said to have been established by Theseus on his way back from Crete. Its celebration gradually fell into abeyance and was not revived till 426 B.C., when the Athenians purified the island and took so prominent a part in the maintenance of the Delia that it came to be regarded almost as an Athenian festival fhucydides iii. 104). Ceremonial embassies (Bewpint) from all the Greek cities were present. See G. Gilbert, Deliaca (1869) ; J. A. Lebegue, Recherches sur Delos (1876); A. Mommsen, Feste der Stadt Athen (1898); E. Pfuhl, De Atheniensium porn pis sacris (1900) ; G. F. Schomann, Griechische Altertiimer (4th ed., 1897—1902) ; P. Stengel, Die griechischen Kultusalterti mer (1898) ; T. Homolle in Daremberg and Saglio's Dictionnaire des antiquites.
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