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

  • An ancient city of southern Greece in the eastern Peloponnesus. It contains the ruins of pre-Homeric palaces as well as prehistoric structures.

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  • Tiryns, and Hermione and Asine which lie along a deep bay, and

    Hesiod, Homeric Hymns, and Homerica

  • Him mighty Heracles slew in sea-girt Erythea by his shambling oxen on that day when he drove the wide-browed oxen to holy Tiryns, and had crossed the ford of Ocean and killed Orthus and Eurytion the herdsman in the dim stead out beyond glorious

    Hesiod, Homeric Hymns, and Homerica

  • Myth records that Greeks imported engineers from Lycia to build the stunning fortification walls of the city of Tiryns in the Peloponnesus.

    The Trojan War

  • Potential rivals ruled in Pylos and Tiryns, but Sparta was in the hands of his younger brother and the power of Thebes had been broken in a civil war the generation before.

    The Trojan War

  • Sometime around 1190/1180 B.C. a wave of destruction hit the major centers on the Greek mainland, including Pylos, Tiryns, Athens, and Mycenae itself.

    The Trojan War

  • Then these, endeavouring to gain Argos back to themselves, cast them out; and the slaves being driven forth gained possession of Tiryns by fighting.

    The History of Herodotus

  • Bulis and Aneristos the son of Sperthias (the same who conquered the men of Halieis, who came from Tiryns, by sailing into their harbour with a merchant ship filled with fighting men), — by this it is evident to me that the matter came to pass by the act of the Deity caused by this wrath.

    The History of Herodotus

  • Being informed of this, the Argives came to the rescue towards the sea; and when they had got near Tiryns and were at the place which is called Hesipeia,925 they encamped opposite to the

    The History of Herodotus

  • Troizenians: next to the Troizenians two hundred Lepreates: next to these four hundred of the men of Mikene and Tiryns; and then a thousand Phliasians.

    The History of Herodotus

  • Similar large palaces from this period were found at Tiryns and Pylos.

    d. The Late Helladic Period: The Mycenaean Age

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