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Athens

[ath-inz] /ˈæθ ɪnz/
noun
1.
Greek Athenai. a city in and the capital of Greece, in the SE part.
2.
Greater, a metropolitan area comprising the city of Athens, Piraeus, and several residential suburbs.
3.
a city in N Georgia.
4.
a city in S Ohio.
5.
a town in N Alabama.
6.
a town in S Tennessee.
7.
a town in E Texas.
8.
any city that is compared to Athens, especially as a cultural center:
the Athens of the Midwest.
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British Dictionary definitions for athens'

Athens

/ˈæθɪnz/
noun
1.
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)
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Word Origin and History for athens'

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.

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athens' in Culture

Athens definition


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.”)

Athens definition


Capital of Greece in east-central Greece on the plain of Attica, overlooking an arm of the Mediterranean Sea. Named after its patron goddess, Athena, Athens is Greece's largest city and its cultural, administrative, and economic center.

Note: In the fifth century b.c., Athens was one of the world's most powerful and highly civilized cities (see also under “World History to 1550”).
Note: As the cultural center of Greece, ancient Athens was home to influential writers and thinkers such as Aristophanes, Euripides, Socrates, and Plato.
Note: Its principal landmark is the Acropolis, on which stands the remains of the Parthenon and other buildings.
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athens' in the Bible

the capital of Attica, the most celebrated city of the ancient world, the seat of Greek literature and art during the golden period of Grecian history. Its inhabitants were fond of novelty (Acts 17:21), and were remarkable for their zeal in the worship of the gods. It was a sarcastic saying of the Roman satirist that it was "easier to find a god at Athens than a man." On his second missionary journey Paul visited this city (Acts 17:15; comp. 1 Thess. 3:1), and delivered in the Areopagus his famous speech (17:22-31). The altar of which Paul there speaks as dedicated "to the [properly "an"] unknown God" (23) was probably one of several which bore the same inscription. It is supposed that they originated in the practice of letting loose a flock of sheep and goats in the streets of Athens on the occasion of a plague, and of offering them up in sacrifice, at the spot where they lay down, "to the god concerned."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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