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Ath·​ens | \ ˈa-thənz How to pronounce Athens (audio) \

Definition of Athens

1 or Greek Athínai \ ä-​ˈthē-​(ˌ)ne How to pronounce Athínai (audio) \ or ancient Athenae \ ə-​ˈthē-​(ˌ)nē How to pronounce Athenae (audio) \ city and capital of Greece near the Saronic Gulf population 748,110

Note: Among the numerous ancient structures in Athens is the Parthenon, a temple built on the city's Acropolis in the fifth century b.c. that is considered to be the supreme example of Doric architecture.

2 city in northeastern Georgia coextensive with Clarke county population 115,452

Note: The campus of the University of Georgia is in Athens.

3 city in northern Alabama population 21,897
4 city in southeastern Ohio population 23,832

Note: The campus of Ohio University is in Athens.

Other Words from Athens

Athenian \ ə-​ˈthē-​nē-​ən How to pronounce Athenian (audio) , -​nyən \ adjective or noun

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“Athens.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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