Arcadia

Arcadia

[ahr-key-dee-uh]
noun
1.
a mountainous region of ancient Greece, traditionally known for the contented pastoral innocence of its people.
2.
any real or imaginary place offering peace and simplicity.
3.
a city in SW California, E of Los Angeles.
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Arcadia (ɑːˈkeɪdɪə)
 
n
1.  a department of Greece, in the central Peloponnese. Capital: Tripolis. Pop: 91 326 (2001). Area: 4367 sq km (1686 sq miles)
2.  Also called (poetic): Arcady the traditional idealized rural setting of Greek and Roman bucolic poetry and later in the literature of the Renaissance

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arcadia

any of the 18th-century Portuguese literary societies that attempted to revive poetry in that country by urging a return to classicism. They were modeled after the Academy of Arcadia, which had been established in Rome in 1690 as an arbiter of Italian literary taste

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