Place Name ATHENS

TYPE: Settlement
USAGE: English

Meaning & History

From Ancient Greek Αθηναι (Athenai), meaning unknown, probably from a pre-Greek language. The Greek goddess ATHENA was probably named for the city, not vice versa. Athens is a city in eastern Greece, emerging as a powerful city-state in the classical period. It has been the capital of the modern country of Greece since 1834.
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Athenai (Ancient Greek), Athenae (Ancient Roman), Atina (Bulgarian), Athènes (French), Athen (German), Athina (Greek), Atene (Italian), Atenas (Spanish), Atina (Turkish)
Entry added July 11, 2018