Definition of Athens

1. Noun. 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"

Exact synonyms: Athinai, Capital Of Greece, Greek Capital
Terms within: Parthenon, Areopagus, Dipylon, Dipylon Gate
Generic synonyms: National Capital
Group relationships: Ellas, Greece, Hellenic Republic
Member holonyms: Athenian, Plato
Derivative terms: Athenian

2. Noun. A town in southeast Ohio.
Generic synonyms: Town
Group relationships: Buckeye State, Oh, Ohio
Derivative terms: Athenian

3. Noun. A university town in northeast Georgia.
Generic synonyms: Town
Group relationships: Empire State Of The South, Ga, Georgia, Peach State
Derivative terms: Athenian

Definition of Athens

1. Proper noun. The capital city of Greece, named after the Greek goddess in plural like the (grc) '''??????''' (Athinai) is plural of '''?????''' (Athine). ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Athens

Athanasius the Great
Athapaskan language
Athene noctua
Athens (current term)
Atherinopsis californiensis
Athol Fugard
Athrotaxis selaginoides

Literary usage of Athens

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A History of Greece: From the Earliest Period to the Close of the Generation by George Grote (1862)
"Philip makes peace with Athens —renounces his claim to Amphipolis 646 Victories of Philip over the PIPO- nians and Illyrians ib. ..."

2. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"Christianity was first preached in Athens by St. Paul. He came to Athens from Bercea of Macedonia, coming probably by water and landing in the ..."

3. Harper's New Monthly Magazine by Henry Mills Alden (1881)
"The Athens of to-day, the capital of the realm of George I., King of the Greeks, is an object of interest not simply as "the heir of fame," but for what she ..."

4. The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem Van Loon (1921)
"Athens rose high from the plain. It was a city exposed to the fresh breezes ... Athens was a city of busy trade. Sparta was an armed camp where people were ..."

5. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1902)
"His family and nation were expelled ; and his son, Walter de Brienne, the titular duke of Athens, the tyrant of Florence, and the constable of France, ..."

6. A History of Greece to the Death of Alexander the Great by John Bagnell Bury (1913)
"Certain it is that he returned wounded to Athens, however His death, ... STRUGGLE OF Athens AND AEGINA Hostility of At this time Aegina was the strongest ..."

7. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1899)
"In the partition of the empire, the principality of Athens and Thebes was assigned to Otho de la Roche, a noble warrior of Burgundy," with the title of ..."

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