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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Greek Mythology A giant wrestler who could not be defeated as long as he remained in contact with the earth. Hercules defeated him by lifting him off the ground.

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  • Her poems were published in Antaeus, The Atlantic Monthly, Carleton Miscellany, The Nation, The New Yorker, Paris Review, The Saturday Review, Parnassus and Poetry.

    may swenson | analysis of baseball « poetry dispatch & other notes from the underground

  • Hostile Waters also called Antaeus Rising in the USA was released in 2001 to rave reviews, a very well-received demo and lots of attention.

    Archive 2009-10-01

  • Also known as the Antaeus, the An-22 can carry 60 tonnes of cargo and 300 soldiers with infantry weapons or 151 paratroopers.

    BBC News - Home

  • In Africa the poet introduces Curio inquiring after the story of Hercules and Antaeus, which is recounted to him by one of the natives, and after - wards relates the particulars of his being circumvented, de - feated, and killed by Juba.

    The Works of the Greek and Roman Poets

  • Or if not physics, the Greek club, since like Antaeus the V-Wagon maintains an Olympian grip on the earth and draws strength from it.

    Cadillac's Insane, Unnecessary, Awesome Wagon

  • If you can conjure something of substance from the flux of your life—if you can anchor yourself in the earth, like Antaeus, the mythical giant who grew stronger every time his feet touched the ground—you are at home in the world, at least for that meal.

    Day of Honey

  • We may have just such a person on our hands -- pious but pragmatic, maneuvering between homilies, always touching down, Antaeus-like, for strength at his backwoods base.

    Too Soon To Tell? Judging A President's Progress

  • Founded in 1991 as an offshoot of the Mark Taper Forum, Antaeus has been producing world-class revivals of classic plays from the Greeks and Shakespeare to Ibsen, O'Neill and Beckett, all on a shoestring budget in small theaters around LA.

    Hoyt Hilsman: LA's Secret Pleasures

  • The play, like all shows at Antaeus, are double-cast, a nod not only to the busy schedule of the performers, but also a chance for audiences to see a variety of actors in the different roles.

    Hoyt Hilsman: LA's Secret Pleasures

  • In “The Break,” a virtuoso comic performance that first appeared in the Spring 1994 issue of Antaeus, her younger self (who goes by the Hebrew name of Shoshana) solemnly announces her disengagement from the “white-haired, dewlapped, thick-waisted, thick-lensed hag” (who goes by the Greek name of Cynthia) — a writer disgustingly devoid of that hunger for success that drives great artists.

    Cynthia Ozick.

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