- Greek Athenai. a city in and the capital of Greece, in the SE part.
- Greater, a metropolitan area comprising the city of Athens, Piraeus, and several residential suburbs.
- a city in N Georgia.
- a city in S Ohio.
- a town in N Alabama.
- a town in S Tennessee.
- a town in E Texas.
- any city that is compared to Athens, especially as a cultural center: the Athens of the Midwest.
Examples from the Web for athens
First, sortition was the main system for choosing political officials in ancient Athens.Is It Time to Take a Chance on Random Representatives?
November 8, 2014
Among these challengers is Olga Palagia, professor of archaeology at the University of Athens.Amphipolis Tomb Yields Amazing Finds But Mysteries Linger
October 17, 2014
Mrs. Clooney has been followed around Athens during a three-day visit by a horde of paparazzi that number into the hundreds.Can Amal Clooney Save Greece’s Antiquities?
October 15, 2014
He roamed the streets of Athens asking people provocative questions that exposed uncomfortable contradictions in their beliefs.The Ivy League Provides the Best Trade Schools Around
August 17, 2014
And so one recent evening I pulled into Athens, Ga., the 10th stop on my 15-city, self-engineered, all-drive, no-fly book tour.Dumps and Death Threats, Hecklers and Vindication: True Tales from Today’s DIY Book Tour
August 12, 2014
"When we are in Athens, I will show you something more beautiful than these," said Pericles.
Aspasia remained in Athens, triumphant over the laws of religion and morality.
They were the last she heard sung by Paralus, the night Anaxagoras departed from Athens.
You can even now return, if you will submit to be a mere sojourner in Athens.
"Stranger, thou hast not yet learned the fashions of Athens," said Anaxagoras, gravely.
- the capital of Greece, in the southeast near the Saronic Gulf: became capital after independence in 1834; ancient city-state, most powerful in the 5th century bc; contains the hill citadel of the Acropolis. Pop: 3 238 000 (2005 est)Greek name: Athinai (aˈθinɛ), Athina (aˈθina)
- a republic in SE Europe, occupying the S part of the Balkan Peninsula and many islands in the Ionian and Aegean Seas; site of two of Europe's earliest civilizations (the Minoan and Mycenaean); in the classical era divided into many small independent city-states, the most important being Athens and Sparta; part of the Roman and Byzantine Empires; passed under Turkish rule in the late Middle Ages; became an independent kingdom in 1827; taken over by a military junta (1967–74); the monarchy was abolished in 1973; became a republic in 1975; a member of the European Union. Official language: Greek. Official religion: Eastern (Greek) Orthodox. Currency: euro. Capital: Athens. Pop: 10 772 967 (2013 est). Area: 131 944 sq km (50 944 sq miles)Modern Greek name: Ellás Related adjective: Hellenic
Word Origin and History for athens
city of ancient Attica, capital of modern Greece, from Greek Athenai (plural because the city had several distinct parts), traditionally derived from Athena, but probably assimilated from a lost name in a pre-Hellenic language.
c.1300, from Latin Graecia; named for its inhabitants; see Greek. Earlier in English was Greklond (c.1200). The Turkish name for the country, via Persian, is Yunanistan, literally "Land of the Ionians." Ionia also yielded the name for the country in Arabic and Hindi (Yunan).
A leading city of ancient Greece, famous for its learning, culture, and democratic institutions. The political power of Athens was sometimes quite limited, however, especially after its defeat by Sparta in the Peloponnesian War. Pericles was a noted ruler of Athens. (See also under “World Geography.”)