What does ATHENS mean?

Definitions for ATHENS
ˈæθ ɪnz; ɑˈθi nɛathens

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Athens, Athinai, capital of Greece, Greek capitalnoun

    the capital and largest city of Greece; named after Athena (its patron goddess)

    "in the 5th century BC ancient Athens was the world's most powerful and civilized city"

  2. Athensnoun

    a town in southeast Ohio

  3. Athensnoun

    a university town in northeast Georgia


  1. Athensnoun

    The capital city of Greece. Population (2000) = nk.


  1. Athensnoun

    The capital city of Greece, named after the Greek goddess in plural like the u1F08u03B8u1FC6u03BDu03B1u03B9 (Athinai) is plural of u1F08u03B8u03AEu03BDu03B7 (Athine).


  1. Athens

    Athens ( ATH-inz; Greek: Αθήνα, romanized: Athína [aˈθina] (listen); Ancient Greek: Ἀθῆναι, romanized: Athênai (pl.) [atʰɛ̂ːnai̯]) is a coastal city in the Mediterranean and is both the capital and largest city of Greece. With a population close to four million, it is also the seventh largest city in the European Union. Athens dominates and is the capital of the Attica region and is one of the world's oldest cities, with its recorded history spanning over 3,400 years and its earliest human presence beginning somewhere between the 11th and 7th millennia BC.Classical Athens was a powerful city-state. It was a centre for the arts, learning and philosophy, and the home of Plato's Academy and Aristotle's Lyceum. It is widely referred to as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy, largely because of its cultural and political influence on the European continent—particularly Ancient Rome. In modern times, Athens is a large cosmopolitan metropolis and central to economic, financial, industrial, maritime, political and cultural life in Greece. In 2021, Athens' urban area hosted more than three and a half million people, which is around 35% of the entire population of Greece.Athens is a Beta-status global city according to the Globalization and World Cities Research Network, and is one of the biggest economic centers in Southeastern Europe. It also has a large financial sector, and its port Piraeus is both the largest passenger port in Europe, and the third largest in the world.The Municipality of Athens (also City of Athens), which actually constitutes a small administrative unit of the entire city, had a population of 637,798 (in 2021) within its official limits, and a land area of 38.96 km2 (15.04 sq mi). The Athens Metropolitan Area or Greater Athens extends beyond its administrative municipal city limits, with a population of 3,722,544 (in 2021) over an area of 412 km2 (159 sq mi). Athens is also the southernmost capital on the European mainland and the warmest major city in continental Europe with an average annual temperature of up to 19.8 °C (67.6 °F) locally.The heritage of the Classical Era is still evident in the city, represented by ancient monuments, and works of art, the most famous of all being the Parthenon, considered a key landmark of early Western civilization. The city also retains Roman, Byzantine and a smaller number of Ottoman monuments, while its historical urban core features elements of continuity through its millennia of history. Athens is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Acropolis of Athens and the medieval Daphni Monastery. Landmarks of the modern era, dating back to the establishment of Athens as the capital of the independent Greek state in 1834, include the Hellenic Parliament and the so-called "Architectural Trilogy of Athens", consisting of the National Library of Greece, the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, and the Academy of Athens. Athens is also home to several museums and cultural institutions, such as the National Archeological Museum, featuring the world's largest collection of ancient Greek antiquities, the Acropolis Museum, the Museum of Cycladic Art, the Benaki Museum, and the Byzantine and Christian Museum. Athens was the host city of the first modern-day Olympic Games in 1896, and 108 years later it hosted the 2004 Summer Olympics, making it one of the few cities to have hosted the Olympics more than once. Athens joined the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities in 2016.


  1. Athens

    Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece. Athens dominates the Attica region and is one of the world's oldest cities, with its recorded history spanning around 3,400 years. Classical Athens was a powerful city-state. A centre for the arts, learning and philosophy, home of Plato's Academy and Aristotle's Lyceum, it is widely referred to as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy, largely due to the impact of its cultural and political achievements during the 5th and 4th centuries BC in later centuries on the rest of the then known European continent. Today a cosmopolitan metropolis, modern Athens is central to economic, financial, industrial, political and cultural life in Greece. In 2008, Athens was ranked the world's 32nd richest city by purchasing power and the 25th most expensive in a UBS study. The city of Athens has a population of 664,046 within its administrative limits and a land area of 39 km². The urban area of Athens extends beyond the administrative municipal city limits, with a population of 3,074,160, over an area of 412 km². According to Eurostat, the Athens Larger Urban Zone is the 7th most populous LUZ in the European Union, with a population of 4,013,368. Athens is also the southernmost capital on the European mainland.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. athens

    See Pericles and Aspasia.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. athens

    A celebrated city, the capital of the modern kingdom of Greece, situated in the plain of Attica, about 4 miles northeast of the Gulf of Ægina. It was for several ages the centre of European civilization. The city is said to have been founded by Cecrops, and afterwards enlarged by Theseus, who made it the capital of the new state which he formed by uniting into one political body the 12 independent states into which Attica had previously been divided. A new era in the history of the city commences with its capture by Xerxes, who reduced it almost to a heap of ashes, 480 B.C. This event was followed by the rapid development of the maritime power of the city and the establishment of her empire over the islands of the Ægean Sea. Her increasing wealth afforded her ample means for the embellishment of the city, and during the half century which elapsed between the battle of Salamis and the commencement of the Peloponnesian war, the Athenians erected those masterpieces of architecture which have been the wonder of succeeding ages. The city was captured by the Lacedæmonians in 404 B.C., and was conquered by Sulla, the Roman general, 86 B.C., after which it dwindled into insignificance as a maritime city. Its prosperity continued, however, under the Roman sway, and it continued to be famous as the centre of philosophy, literature, and art, many famous buildings having been erected there by foreign rulers after the decline of its power. During the Middle Ages it sunk into insignificance. It has successively belonged to the Goths, Byzantines, Bergundians, Franks, Catalans, Florentines, Venetians, and Turks. In 1687 the buildings of the Acropolis suffered severe injury in the siege of Athens by the Venetians under Morosini. In 1834 Athens was declared the capital of the kingdom of Greece.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Athens

    From the Temple of Athene, or Minerva, the tutelary goddess of the city.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Athens is ranked #39717 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Athens surname appeared 553 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Athens.

    93.8% or 519 total occurrences were White.
    4.1% or 23 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1% or 6 total occurrences were Black.

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Anagrams for ATHENS »

  1. hasten

  2. sneath

  3. thanes

  4. snathe

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ATHENS in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ATHENS in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of ATHENS in a Sentence

  1. Austrian Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner:

    If the government in Athens does not finally do more to secure the outer borders, then we will have to openly discuss a temporary expulsion of Greece from the Schengen area, it is a myth that the Greek-Turkish border cannot be controlled.

  2. Heider Ashir:

    It is a historic moment for the Muslim community living in Athens, we have been waiting for this mosque for so long, thanks to God, finally, we have a mosque which is open and we can pray here freely.

  3. Antonis Rigas:

    Our biggest fear is that the 4,000 migrants who are in Athens head up here and the place will become overcrowded.

  4. Giannis Zouganelis:

    People need to feel human, if Athens doesn't put on many plays, who would? The Dutch? They produce tulips, cows. What we produce is theater.

  5. Disney Cruise Line:

    After a very careful and thorough review, Seabourn has decided to replace the July 2, 2016 turn port of Istanbul with Piraeus (Athens). Seabourn is closely monitoring the situation in Istanbul, the company analyzes information regarding safety and security from many sources, which includes liaising with government intelligence agencies and on-the-ground port security assessments. We are in the process of assessing other upcoming scheduled visits to Istanbul. We will provide an update in the next 24 hours. The safety of our guests and crew is our top priority.

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