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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
the Pantheon
▪ a great album that guarantees her place in the pantheon of jazz singers
▪ A Celtic pantheon of gods whirled about my head, and I may have got them a bit mixed up here.
▪ Andrews again in 1978, and Nicklaus won again, the townspeople decided that he had earned his place in the pantheon.
▪ Given the hate-love appeal of the Cowboys, the audience could move into the pantheon of the 10 most-watched games.
▪ How far the other goddesses in the Minoan pantheon were separate independent deities is very hard to tell.
▪ Louise had many alliances, a pantheon of friends.
▪ Tech-Green had mourned his passing with hysterical fervour; no one had replaced him in their pantheon.
▪ This goddess survived little changed into the classical pantheon.
▪ What are the rules of admission to the pantheon?
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Pantheon \Pan*the"on\, n. [L. pantheon, pantheum, Gr. pa`nqeion (sc. 'iero`n), fr. pa`nqeios of all gods; pa^s, pa^n, all + qe`os a god: cf. F. panth['e]on. See Pan-, and Theism.]

  1. A temple dedicated to all the gods; especially, the building so called at Rome.

  2. The collective gods of a people, or a work treating of them; as, a divinity of the Greek pantheon.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, from Pantheon, name of a temple for all the gods built in Rome c.25 B.C.E. by Agrippa (since 609 C.E. made into the Christian church of Santa Maria Rotonda), from Greek Pantheion (hieron) "(shrine) of all the gods," from pantheion, neuter of pantheios, from pan- "all" (see pan-) + theios "of or for the gods," from theos "god" (see theo-). Sense of any group of exalted persons is first found 1590s.


n. 1 a temple dedicated to all the gods 2 (context mythology English) all the gods of a particular people or religion, particularly the ancient Greek gods residing on Olympus, considered as a group 3 a category or classification denoting the most honored persons of a group

  1. n. all the gods of a religion

  2. a monument commemorating a nation's dead heroes

  3. (antiquity) a temple to all the gods


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The Panthéon (, from Greek πάνθειον (ἱερόν) '(temple) to all the gods') is a building in the Latin Quarter in Paris. It was originally built as a church dedicated to St. Genevieve and to house the reliquary châsse containing her relics but, after many changes, now functions as a secular mausoleum containing the remains of distinguished French citizens. It is an early example of neoclassicism, with a façade modeled on the Pantheon in Rome, surmounted by a dome that owes some of its character to Bramante's "Tempietto". Located in the 5th arrondissement on the Montagne Sainte-Geneviève, the Panthéon looks out over all of Paris. Designer Jacques-Germain Soufflot had the intention of combining the lightness and brightness of the Gothic cathedral with classical principles, but its role as a mausoleum required the great Gothic windows to be blocked.

Pantheon (book)

The Liber universalis is a work of Gottfried von Viterbo (c. 1120 – c. 1196). In this work, completed in 1185, he chronicles world history from the creation of the world to the time of Heinrich VI.

Category:Universal history books

Pantheon (religion)

A pantheon (from Greek πάνθεον pantheon, literally "(a temple) of all gods", "of or common to all gods" from πᾶν pan- "all" and θεός theos "god") is the particular set of all gods of any polytheistic religion, mythology, or tradition:

Max Weber's 1922 opus Economy and Society discusses the link between a pantheon of gods and the development of monotheism.

Pantheon can also refer to a temple or sacred building explicitly dedicated to "all deities", avoiding the difficulty of giving an exhaustive list. The most known such structure is the Pantheon of Rome, first built between the years 27 BCE and 14 CE. The building standing today was constructed on the same site around 126 CE. It was dedicated to "all gods" as a gesture embracing the religious syncretism in the increasingly multicultural Roman Empire, with subjects worshipping gods from many cultures and traditions. The building was later renovated for use as a Christian church in 609 under Pope Boniface IV.

Since the 16th century, "pantheon" can also refer in a secular sense to the set of a society's exalted persons. For example: Francis Ford Coppola has been described as "a San Francisco-based film-maker of scope and ambition whose place in that revered pantheon of independent movie directors, which broke the standard Hollywood studio mould as the 1960s expired, is secure".

Pantheon (Lone Star Press)

Pantheon is an American comic book series written by Bill Willingham. The series was published by independent publisher Lone Star Press and is set in its own self-contained universe.

The complete series was published in thirteen issues. The first six were published in 1998–1999. The next six were published in 2001. The final issue was published in May 2004.

Pantheon (Rome)
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Pantheon (Marvel Comics)

The Pantheon is a fictional organization appearing in the comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by writer Peter David, the Pantheon first appeared in The Incredible Hulk #368 (April 1990), and was a large part of that book's supporting cast from issue #379 (March 1991) to issue #426 (February 1995).

Pantheon (role-playing game)

Pantheon and other Roleplaying Games is a 24-page book that includes 5 self-contained role-playing games for 3-6 players and designed to be completed in 1–2 hours.

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Panthéon (album)

Panthéon ( French for "Pantheon") is the second album by French rapper Booba, released on June 16, 2004 over Tallac Records, via the major Barclay Records/ Universal Music Group.

Pantheon (mythical creature)

The Pantheon is a mythical or imaginary creature used in heraldry, particularly in Britain. It appears to have been first adopted in English coats of arms in the early Tudor period, subsequently becoming part of the design repertoire of the heralds in their official grants of arms. Early sightings of the creature include the pantheon crests of the Gloucestershire knight Sir Christopher Baynham (knighted 1513) and his Cornish contemporary John Skewys. Two pantheons appear from the 1530s as the supporters of the arms of the Paulet or Powlett Marquesses of Winchester, though at a later date they were reinterpreted as the hinds or female deer they can closely resemble. In 1556 a coat of arms with three pantheons on the shield was granted to Henry Northey of Bocking in Essex.

The pantheon is usually represented as a cervid similar to a hind (a female red deer), usually black or dark blue in colour, although sometimes red, its hide patterned with regularly spaced stars or estoiles. However the historian of heraldry Hugh Stanford London suggested that the creature originated as a misreading or misunderstanding of the panther (itself represented in exotic fashion in heraldry and medieval art, often shown with stars on its body and sometimes even with cloven hooves).

Pantheons have become popular again in the twentieth century, particularly as a symbol of air or space travel or other advanced forms of technology. Examples are the arms of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, granted in 1955; two pantheons also appear as the supporters of the arms of the Engineering Council (the United Kingdom regulatory body for the engineering profession), granted in 1984.

Pantheon (software)

Pantheon is a web development hosting platform for open-source Drupal and WordPress websites. It is an app-specific PaaS provider, sold on a monthly subscription basis, with several support tiers available.

Technologically, Pantheon applications run as software-as-a-service instead of running on users' own servers. Pantheon's service is built on top of Rackspace's cloud.

Pantheon Systems, Inc. is a privately-held San Francisco-based corporation founded in 2010 by Zack Rosen, David Strauss, Josh Koenig, Matt Cheney.

Usage examples of "pantheon".

Thus, if not the whole truth, it is yet a large part of it, that the Heathen Pantheon, in its infinite diversity of names and personifications, was but a multitudinous, though in its origin unconscious allegory, of which physical phenomena, and principally the Heavenly Bodies, were the fundamental types.

Obatallah This creator-goddess is among the pantheon of four great female divinities of Brazilian Macumba, the others being Oshun, Oya and Yemanja.

Behind him came a griffin, a wyvern, a four-footed whale, several carnivorous rabbits, a pair of trolls, a thunderbird, a sliver cat, a hippogriff, a satyr, a winged horse, three hoopsnakes, a pantheon, a firedrake, a monoceros, a double-headed eagle, a cyclops, a flight of barnacle geese, a chimera, and a number of creatures of less ordinary aspect that Dor could not identify in the rush.

Athens to Jerusalem and the Old Testament it is to a mythology with a very different upper story and very different power up there: not a polytheistic pantheon favoring both sides simultaneously, but a single-minded single deity, with his sympathies forever on one side.

It was a noble illusion, doomed to failure, the versatile genius of language cried out against the monotony of their Utopia, and the crowds who were to people the unbuilded city of their dreams went straying after the feathered chiefs of the rebels, who, when the fulness of time was come, themselves received apotheosis and the honours of a new motley pantheon.

For the first hundred years after the conquest, while the pantheon settled, the unsworn were easy to find and he had risen in power-which he discovered he desired much more than revenge-and the cult of Akhekh had grown strong.

Since the bear, the leading figure of the Ainu pantheon, is regarded as a mountain god, a number of scholars have suggested that a like belief may account for the selection of lofty mountain caves to be the chapels of the old Neanderthal bear cult.

He led us to the small table outside looking out toward the Pantheon, and recommended a bottle of Barolo and a risotto for the pasta course.

It is not surprising, then, that the Heian courtiers found congenial a sect like Shingon, which similarly asserted a fixed hierarchy among its pantheon of deities headed by Dainichi.

Indian deities and those added in the centuries of development in Tibet, the pantheon of Lamaism is so large that existing accounts fall far short of being exhaustive.

When Greek influence modulated the Roman pantheon, Libera was assimilated to Persephone, and the same stories were told of both.

Now, in the darkness, Jim and Zama knelt before it and prayed to the tribal gods of the Lozi, and to Aboli, who in death had joined that dark pantheon.

Masada, where a band of Jewish warriors, the Maccabees, withstood a long, furious Roman assault until they were finally overcome and entered the pantheon of martyrs.

But walking across a parking lot was hardly fodder for the mythopoeic pantheon he was creating.

In the quiet confines of the Wind Temple, the priests entreated every known god and goddess in the Serenian and Oceanian pantheons.