• WordNet 3.6
    • n phyle a tribe of ancient Athenians
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Phyle A local division of the people in ancient Athens; a clan; a tribe.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n phyle In ancient Greece, a tribe or clan; one of the subdivisions normally based on ties of blood, of which the aggregate constituted a community. In Athens the tribes did not rest on family relationship, but were at first geographical divisions, then classes formed according to occupation or wealth. Clisthenes abolished the old tribes, and distributed his fellow-citizens among ten new ones, named after ancient Attic heroes, and arranged upon geographical lines and democratic ideas; and this arrangement persisted through the glorious time of Attic history. Every full citizen of Athens was registered in a phyle, in a deme, and in a phratry. Every phyle was a political unit, to which were allotted the choice of 50 of the 500 senators and that of its due proportion of dicasts and of the higher civil and military officers of the state; and every phyle was required to contribute in a fixed proportion to the military service, to the various liturgies, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Phyle (fī′lē) a tribe or clan in ancient Greece
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. a body of men united by ties of blood or habitation


In literature:

Presently Thrasybulus, with about seventy followers, sallied out from Thebes, and made himself master of the fortress of Phyle.
"Hellenica" by Xenophon
Shortly afterwards Thrasybulus marched from Phyle to Piraeus which was now an open town, and seized upon it without opposition.
"A Smaller History of Greece" by William Smith
The Boeotians seized them at Phyle.
"The Acharnians" by Aristophanes
When you chose to condemn the ten generals, my phyle supplied the Prytanes, and I alone stood out against you.
"The World's Greatest Books--Volume 14--Philosophy and Economics" by Various
Leave Skurta, pass Phyle, arrive Athens.
"The Works of Lord Byron, Volume 2" by George Gordon Byron
These events were followed by the occupation of Munichia by the exiles from Phyle, and their victory over the Thirty and their partisans.
"The Athenian Constitution" by Aristotle
Professor Phyle was there, and Mrs. Blenkin.
"Stories by American Authors, Volume 3" by Various
Perinthus included a Thracian phyle.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 2" by Various