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  1. Nicaea(noun)

    an ancient city in Bithynia; founded in the 4th century BC and flourished under the Romans; the Nicene Creed was adopted there in 325

  2. Nicaea, Second Council of Nicaea(noun)

    the seventh ecumenical council in 787 which refuted iconoclasm and regulated the veneration of holy images

  3. Nicaea, First Council of Nicaea(noun)

    the first ecumenical council in 325 which produced the wording of the Nicene Creed and condemned the heresy of Arianism


  1. Nicaea(ProperNoun)

    An ancient city in Bithynia in Asia Minor, important during Roman and Byzantine times, on the site of modern-day u0130znik, Turkey, to which it gave its name. Famous as the site of first council of Nicaea in 325 AD, which composed the Nicene Creed.

  2. Origin: Via Nicaea, from Νίκαια, from νίκη.


  1. Nicaea, Locris

    Nicaea, was an ancient fortress of the Locri Epicnemidii, situated upon the sea, and close to the pass of Thermopylae. It is described by Aeschines as one of the places which commanded the pass. It was the first Locrian town after Alpenos, the latter being at the very entrance of the pass. The surrender of Nicaea by Phalaecus to Philip II, in 346 BCE, made the Macedonian king master of Thermopylae, and brought the Third Sacred War to an end. Philip kept possession of it for some time, but subsequently gave it to the Thessalians along with Magnesia. But in 340 BCE we again find Nicaea in the possession of Philip. According to Memnon Nicaea was destroyed by the Phocians, and its inhabitants founded the Bithynian Nicaea. But even if this is true, the town must have been rebuilt soon afterwards, since we find it in the hands of the Aetolians during the Roman wars in Greece. Subsequently the town is only mentioned by Strabo. William Martin Leake identifies Nicaea with the castle of Pundonítza, where there are Hellenic remains.

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