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  • (noun): A town in southeast Ohio.
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Athens (/ˈæθɨnz/; Modern Greek: Αθήνα, Athína; ; Katharevousa: Ἀθῆναι, Athinai; Ancient Greek: Ἀθῆναι, Athēnai) 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.

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Konstantinos Tsatsos - Tsatsos As A Scholar - Essays
... The Greek Course, Athens Estia, 1967 Anathemas and meditations, 4 Volumes, Athens Estia, 1983-1991 (in Greek) The Modern World, Athens Editions of the Friends, 1992 (in Greek) ...
Athens Metro
... The Athens Metro (Greek Μετρό Αθήνας, Metró Athínas) is a rapid transit system in Greece, serving the Athens conurbation and parts of East Attica ... It incorporates the second-oldest metro line in the world, the Athens-Piraeus Electric Railways (ISAP S.A.), which opened in 1869 and is now part of Line 1 ... created the Urban Rail Transport Company (STASY S.A.), a subsidiary of the Athens Urban Transport Organization (OASA S.A.) ...
Cyprus Airways
... network within Greece adding to its current Athens-Thessaloniki-Athens and Herakleion-Rhodes-Herakleion routes the following routes Athens-Herakleion-Athens, Athens-Rhodes-Athens, Thessalonki-Herakleion-Thessalonik ...
Athens, Ontario - Demographics
2001 to 2006 population change 1.1%) Population in 3053 ... Population in 1996 Athens (village) 997 Rear of Yonge and Escott (township) 2043 Population in 1991 Athens (village) 961 ...
Georgia State Route 10 Loop
... State Route 10 Loop (SR 10 Loop, also known as Loop 10, Paul Broun Parkway or the Athens Perimeter Highway) is a beltway around Athens, Georgia, United States. 129, US 441, SR 8 and SR 15) that pass through the Athens area only US 78 BUS, SR 10 and SR 15 ALT pass through downtown Athens ...

More definitions of "Athens":

  • (noun): The capital and largest city of Greece; named after Athena (its patron goddess).
    Example: "In the 5th century BC ancient Athens was the world's most powerful and civilized city"
    Synonyms: Athinai, capital of Greece, Greek capital
  • (noun): A university town in northeast Georgia.

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