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Athenian

[ uh-thee-nee-uhn ]

adjective

  1. pertaining to Athens, Greece.


noun

  1. a native or citizen of Athens, Greece.

Athenian

/ əˈθiːnɪən /

noun

  1. a native or inhabitant of Athens


adjective

  1. of or relating to Athens

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Other Words From

  • an·ti-A·the·ni·an adjective noun
  • pro-A·the·ni·an adjective noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of Athenian1

First recorded in 1580–90; from Latin Athēni(ēnsis) “of Athens” + -an; -ensis

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Example Sentences

In 508 BC, Athens itself was at loggerheads with Sparta, so much so that a bunch of Athenian envoys sought an alliance with Artaphernes, Darius’ brother who held the title of satrap in Sardis.

The Classical Athenian hoplites, on the other hand, may have adopted more variance in style, ranging from Chalcidian to Attic helmets.

Anaxagoras “was the first to stimulate Archelaus the Athenian to practice philosophy,” wrote the famous physician Galen.

After all, the Athenian form of direct democracy essentially turned the justice system into a giant popularity contest in which several hundred or a thousand randomly selected citizens would judge your case.

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Social capital could be worth more than its weight in gold in Athenian society.

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Athenian sports paper Sport Day topped their front page with “Bankrupt Them” on Friday morning.

The 28-year-old Athenian sex worker is feeling the effects of austerity in a different way than most are.

The estival solstice of Meton, the Athenian, corresponds with this day, in the 87th Olympiad.

In like manner, Aristophanes could afford to trifle with the asseverations of his own Athenian audiences.

She sang the praises of Athenian literature and art and life; there was sanity and clarity, there was balance and serenity!

But whoever, man or woman, caused a freeborn Athenian girl to enter one of the houses incurred the penalty of death.

Both faces bear the stamp of refinement and high breeding which mark them as belonging to the class of Athenian nobles.

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