from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An avenue or entranceway to a building.
- n. A passage to a tomb.
- n. An Ancient Greek racecourse.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Greek antiquity, a racecourse.
- n. In archaeology, an entrance-passage or avenue, as to a subterranean treasury; a way bordered by rows of columns; an alley between rows of statues, as the usual approaches of Egyptian temples.
- n. In Greek antiquity, the shortest footrace which was just the length of the stadium, or about 600 feet. See stadium.
- n. The entrance to the Mycenæan beehive tomb. See beehive tomb.
The foot-race was the oldest of the Greek institutions, and in the first of the Olympiads the "dromos," a course of about 200 yards, was the only contest; but gradually the "dialos," in which the course was double that of the dromos, was introduced, and, finally, tests of endurance as well as speed were instituted in the long-distance races and the contests of racing in heavy armor, which were so highly commended by Plato as preparation for the arduous duties of a soldier.
The following rule was carved in stone at the stadium at Delphi, where the Pythian Games were held: "Wine is prohibited in the vicinity of the dromos," or race track.
It extended from Karnak to Luxor and, turning in a vast loop at the Nile front, countermarched over the dromos and ended at the tremendous white-walled temple of Amen.
The dromos, or avenue of sphinxes, was carpeted with palm and nelumbo leaves, and copper censers as large as caldrons had been set at equidistance from one another, and an unceasing reek of aromatics drifted up from them throughout the day.
Before he could extricate himself, the runners preceding the pageant returning the great god to his shrine, beat the multitude back from the dromos and once again Kenkenes was imprisoned by the hosts.
The side Kenkenes approached sloped sharply from the dromos toward the river, and the rearmost spectators had small opportunity to behold the pageant.
Bull-fights were also among their sports; which were sometimes exhibited in the _dromos_, or avenue, leading to the temples, as at
The tomb itself was composed of two chambers, one immediately over the other, and approached by a long passage, like the dromos of rock-cut
From this central square of four pediments extends right and left one long colonnade, or dromos.
Though simple graves were always in use among the poorest folk, the commonest form of tomb at all periods is a rock-cut chamber entered by a door in one side, to which access is given by a shaft or sloping passage (_dromos_) cut likewise in the rock.