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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 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.

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  1. hasten

  2. sneath

  3. thanes

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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. 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.

  2. Ilya Feygin:

    My estimate is that if it were to open right now, the Athens index would open between 625 and 645 points, a decline of between 19 and 22 percent from its last closing level on June 26.

  3. Maria Balafa:

    I've never seen the weather in Athens like this during the summer.

  4. Olivier Jakob:

    Greece is an additional risk factor, but I am more focused on Vienna than on Athens right now, the API showed a crude oil stock increase, so more bearish than the consensus.

  5. Frank Furedi:

    Historically some of the most prosperous societies - Ancient Athens, Renaissance Italy, nineteenth century Britain - were among those that were most oriented towards experimentation and the taking of risks.

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